carnitas tacos

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We gearing up for a little Cinco de Mayo celebration and I’ve been busy in the kitchen testing taco recipes. My favorite!

These delicious carnitas pork tacos are made by simmering the meat in water and then browning it. This creates a super tender, crisp and flavorful taco filling, and it’s sooooo easy you’re not going to believe it.

for 12 tacos:

2 lb boneless pork shoulder, cut into pieces OR bone-in pork steaks

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

12 warmed or toasted, taco-sized tortillas (corn or flour)

1 small, sweet yellow onion (such as Vidalia or Maui) chopped

1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

thinly sliced radishes

guacamole or chopped avocado

plain greek yogurt OR sour cream

chevre cheese, crumbled (optional)

lime wedges

hot sauce

Place pork pieces in a heavy Dutch oven. Add a couple inches of water to the pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, flipping pieces occasionally, until water evaporates (this will take approximately 45 minutes.) Season with salt and pepper. Cook until very tender (you may have to add a bit more water to the pot.) Once the meat is fork-tender, and water has evaporated, continue to cook, turning the pieces frequently, until crispy and browned on all sides. Transfer meat to a platter and tear into bite sized pieces. Use as a taco filling with all of the above condiments.

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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