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11/22/2019

Pork Carnitas Tacos


Tender, juicy, savory, fall-apart pork roast cooked in a slow-cooker and browned in cast iron pan, or baking sheet under the broiler. Tuck the carnitas into warm corn tortillas and keep the toppings simple with diced white onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.

Pork Carnitas Tacos | The Busy Abuelita


Carnitas, literally meaning "little meats", is a dish of Mexican cuisine that originated in the state of Michoacán. To make this Carnitas recipe, the pork is seasoned to perfection, then slow cooked until fork tender. 

Carnitas are the Mexican version of pulled pork and can be used for tacos, burritos, nachos, enchiladas, and quesadillas. 




How to Make Pork Carnitas

  • Place pork into slow-cooker, add chopped chile peppers, cumin, oregano, and minced garlic, orange juice, lime juice, and broth. Turn on low (8-10) hours or high (4-6)hours. 
  • Let meat cool, then pull apart with forks.
  • Preheat your broiler to high heat and prepare two baking sheets with aluminum foil. With a slotted spoon transfer pork to the prepared baking sheets, spreading the pork in an even layer and leaving the juices behind in the slow cooker. Set aside juices.
  • Place one sheet under the broiler for about 5 minutes, or until the edges of the pork begin browning and crisping up. Remove the sheet from the oven, then ladle about 1/4 cup of the juices from the slow cooker evenly over the pork, and then give it a good toss with some tongs. Broil for an additional 5 minutes to get the meat more crispy. Then remove and ladle an additional 1/4 cup of broth over the crispy pork. Repeat with the other baking sheet of pork.   Serve on two warm corn tortillas, and top with onions, cilantro, and guacamole.




What to serve with Pork Carnitas 

Carnitas can be used not only for tacos, but for burritos, nachos, quesadillas, and more!
  • Carnitas can be served with rice, refried beans, and a warm flour tortilla
  • Carnitas salad bowl
  • Carnitas Tostadas

 


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Pork Carnitas Tacos

Carnitas are the Mexican version of pulled pork and can be used for tacos, burritos, nachos, enchiladas, and quesadillas.

Ingredients:
  • 3 pounds boneless pork roast
  • 4 garlic cloves (2 tsp) minced
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano chile pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1-32 oz.cans Chicken broth
  • Diced onions, and chopped cilantro
  • Optional: Limes, pico de gallo, guacamole
  • 2 dozen Corn Tortillas
Instructions:
  1. Place pork roast into slow-cooker, add diced chile peppers, cumin, oregano, minced garlic,1 tbsp vegetable oil, orange juice, lime juice, and broth. Turn on low (8-10) hours or high (4-6)hours.
  2. Let meat cool, then pull apart with forks.
  3. Preheat your broiler to high heat and prepare two baking sheets with aluminum foil. With a slotted spoon transfer pork to the prepared baking sheets, spreading the pork in an even layer and leaving the juices behind in the slow cooker. Set aside juices.
  4. Place one sheet under the broiler for about 5 minutes, or until the edges of the pork begin browning and crisping up. Remove the sheet from the oven, then ladle about 1/4 cup of the juices from the slow cooker evenly over the pork, and then give it a good toss with some tongs. Broil for an additional 5 minutes to get the meat more crispy. Then remove and ladle an additional 1/4 cup of broth over the crispy pork. Repeat with the other baking sheet of pork.
  5. Warm 2 corn tortillas, and place pork, diced onions, chopped cilantro, and guacamole. Enjoy!

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