Pork Carnitas Tacos with Pickled Red Onion

Do this in the slow cooker as a time saver!!

Photo by Jeannie K.
Adapted from myrecipes.com

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PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from myrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 7

    unpeeled garlic cloves

  • 1/2

    teaspoon grated orange rind

  • 3

    tablespoons fresh orange juice

  • 4

    teaspoons achiote paste

  • 2

    tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided

  • 1 3/4

    teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1

    (1 1/2-pound) boneless pork shoulder, trimmed

  • 1

    cup thinly sliced red onion (half-moons)

  • 1/2

    cup water

  • 1/4

    cup cider vinegar

  • 2

    teaspoons light agave nectar or granulated sugar

  • 12

    Fresh Corn Tortillas or packaged corn tortillas, warmed

  • 3/4

    cup Tomatillo Salsa

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 250°. 2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 8 minutes or until skins are well charred, turning occasionally. Remove cloves from pan; cool 5 minutes, and discard skins. Combine garlic, rind, juice, achiote paste, and 2 teaspoons oil in a mini chopper; process until smooth. 3. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt over pork. Brush achiote mixture evenly over pork. Place pork in a medium Dutch oven or ovenproof saucepan; cover and bake at 250° for 6 hours. Remove from oven, and let stand for 30 minutes. 4. While pork cooks, place onion in a medium bowl. Combine 1/2 cup water, vinegar, agave, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, stirring until salt dissolves. Pour vinegar mixture over onion; stir. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; cool to room temperature, rearranging as needed to keep onion submerged. Chill at least 1 hour. 5. Place pork on a cutting board; shred with 2 forks. Discard fat. 6. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 1 cup shredded pork to pan in an even layer; cook 3 minutes or until a crust develops, turning once. Place crisped pork on a platter. Repeat procedure with remaining shredded pork. 7. Place 2 warm tortillas on each of 6 plates. Top each tortilla with 1 1/2 ounces crisped pork, 1 tablespoon Tomatillo Salsa, and 1 tablespoon pickled red onion.

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