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Mouthwatering Pork Carnitas

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What are Carnitas?

Carnitas are a traditional Mexican dish made from pork shoulder (also known as pork butt) that is slow-cooked until tender and then crisped to perfection. The result is a melt-in-your-mouth texture with an explosion of flavors that will leave you craving for more.

Get ready to embark on a flavor-packed journey with our Carnitas – the epitome of porky perfection! These succulent morsels of juicy pork are a culinary masterpiece that will make your taste buds dance with delight. With their rich and savory flavors, Carnitas are not only perfect for tacos but can also elevate a wide range of other dishes to gourmet status. So, gear up for a pork-tastic adventure and let’s dive into the world of Carnitas!

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Mouthwatering Pork Carnitas

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 People

Equipment

  • Large Sauce Pot/Casserole/Dutch Oven
  • 3 Qt Baking Dish

Ingredients

  • 3 TBS Cooking Oil
  • 3 lb Pork Shoulder (Pork Butt) (cut into large cubes)
  • 1 Small Onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 TBS Salt
  • 1 TBS Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 2 cans Chicken Broth (14.5oz cans)
  • 3 TBS Lime Juice ((2 limes juiced))

Instructions

  • Season pork with salt on both sides.
  • Heat oil in your large pot.
  • Sear pork a bit on both sides.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Bring it to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Transfer pork and half of the cooking broth to a baking dish. Cook in oven for 30 mins.
  • Remove from oven and shred pork with forks to your desired consistency.
  • Serve immediately.
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Versatility at its Finest

While Carnitas are commonly used in tacos, their versatility doesn’t end there! These heavenly bites can be used in a variety of other dishes. From burritos to enchiladas, nachos to quesadillas, and even salads or rice bowls, Carnitas can effortlessly elevate any meal to the next level. Their rich and savory taste pairs well with an array of ingredients, making them a go-to choice for adding a burst of flavor to your favorite dishes.

The Perfect Party Pleaser

Hosting a gathering? Carnitas are a surefire way to impress your guests! Set up a DIY taco bar with a platter of tender Carnitas, along with an array of toppings and condiments like fresh cilantro, diced onions, tangy lime crema, zesty salsa, or even our Easy Pico de Gallo. Let your guests build their own Carnitas tacos and watch them savor each flavorful bite. It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that will make you the ultimate party host!

Conclusion

In summary, Carnitas are a mouthwatering pork delight that are versatile, delicious, and perfect for any occasion. From tacos to burritos, and beyond, Carnitas can transform your ordinary meals into extraordinary culinary experiences. So, fire up your kitchen, grab some pork shoulder, and embark on a Carnitas adventure that will leave your taste buds begging for more!

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