Pork Carnitas, aka Mexican slow cooked pulled pork, is a taco stand favorite and super easy to make at home.
Oven cooking the pork in a flavored broth for about 2 hours yields incredibly moist, tender meat. Seasonings, which include oregano, cumin, lime and orange, permeate the pork which is then tossed with the reduced broth and broiled until the edges are crisp and golden. Roll the meat up in a tortilla with your choice of toppings and you’ve got yourself a mighty fine meal.
4 pound boneless pork butt, fat trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 onion, peeled and halved
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dried oregano
2 Tb fresh lime juice
2 C water
1 medium orange, juiced (keep the squeezed rinds)
Toppings: Avocado, salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and/or jalapeño slices
Tortillas, to serve
1. Place oven rack in lower middle position and heat oven to 300℉.
2. Combine all ingredients (except the toppings and tortillas) in a large Dutch oven, including the orange rinds.
3. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover pot and transfer to the oven. Cook until the meat is very tender and easy to pull apart, about 2 hours.
4. Remove the pot from the oven and turn on the broiler.
5. Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the pan to a large foil-lined baking pan.
6. Strain cooking liquid into a bowl and discard solids. Return cooking liquid to the Dutch oven and place over high heat on the stove. Boil until liquid thickens, about 20 to 30 minutes.
7. While the liquid is reducing, use two forks to pull apart the cubes of pork.
8. Stir the pork pieces into the reduced liquid in the Dutch oven. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
9. Return pork to the foil lined pan and evenly spread the meat into a single layer. Place pan on the lower middle rack of the oven and broil until the top of the meat is well browned and edges are slightly crisp, about 5 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the pieces of meat and broil the other side until well browned and edges are slightly crisp, about 5 minutes.
10. Serve immediately in tortillas with your favorite toppings.
Recipe from My Kitchen Escapades
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