Carnitas Tacos

tacojunk March 11, 2018 Comments Off on Carnitas Tacos
Carnitas Tacos

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup fresh Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh Lime Juice
  • 10 oz chipotle salsa
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Small Tortillas
  • 1 recipe Guacamole
  • Fresh Cilantro
For the Pickled Red Onions
  • 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 red onion, cut in thin slices

Instructions

  1. Make the pickled red onions. Whisk the apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt with 1 cup water in a small bowl until sugar and salt dissolve. Place onion in a jar; pour vinegar mixture over. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Place the pork in a large dutch oven with the orange juice, lime juice, salsa and salt. Add enough water to barely cover the meat. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low and simmer with the lid on for 2 hours, at which point the pork should be falling apart to the touch.
  3. Turn the heat up to medium high, and continue to cook the pork for 45 minutes, uncovered, stirring every once in a while, until all the liquid has evaporated and the pork fat as been rendered.
  4. Parts of the pork should be caramelized and golden brown. Remove the dutch oven from the stove and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve as needed or let cool and store in an airtight container for 4 days in the fridge
  5. To assemble the tacos, warm a small tortilla and place a few pieces of carnitas on top. Add a dollop of guacamole, a few pickled red onions and a sprinkle of cilantro. Serve immediately.

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