Monday, September 27, 2010

“Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has that ability to comfort.” — Norman Kolpas

     This is gonna be a whoooole different abrupt pace here but so be it people!!! "Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine."  Ha!!
      I have managed to connect with this ridiculous, amazing group of women through Twitter (I have met them in real life so I am permitted to state this for real!) and in that connection I have been invited to contribute to a link up called Sabroso Saturday. To my non-Latina readers, this means Tasty Saturday. Basically it is an opportunity for us to recipe share the yumminess we all inevitably Tweet about.  Let's face it kids, we all Tweet about food. Hell, I upload more pictures of food than I do my own children. LOL I am slightly embarrassed to share just how easy this recipe is but when I make this, I do the shopping the day before & prep it as soon as I wake up.
*You may have also noticed that it is in fact, Monday but I am a damn slacker, deal with it!!

    So here it is. I've talked about this, Tweeted about it & cooked this for all of my favorite people. So from my kitchen to yours:

Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas Tacos

You will need:
1 1/2 lbs Pork shoulder (Boston Butt) cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces. I usually buy a 2lbs & trim away excess fat.
1tsp salt
2 tsp fresh black pepper
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 large white onion cut into 4 pieces
2 garlic cloves (I like more personally, just saying...)
1/2 tsp ground cumin 
1 avocado sliced
1/2 lb shredded queso blanco (you can buy it solid at the deli counter & shred it yourself. It is SO much better than the stuff you buy bagged)
corn tortillas
your favorite tomatillo salsa
fresh bunch of cilantro
1 or 2 limes cut into wedges

    Toss the cut up pork in the bowl of a slow cooker with the salt, pepper, cumin, & oregano. With tongs, give this a good mix up. Place the onion pieces and the garlic cloves on top of the pork. Cover it and cook on the low setting for SIX HOURS until the meat is very tender and falling apart. Now, you may get to about hour three and find your mouth watering and be tempted to open the lid. DO NOT. It will add 30 minutes to your cooking time, and've waited long enough.

     When that timer goes off, get you a slotted spoon and transfer the pork to a cutting board. You can discard the onion & garlic pieces but me personally, I like to keep them in. Depends on how much flava you're used to cooking with. (Can I get an Amen Mamis!!) Using your fingers (or two forks if you're weird about it) shred the pork up. Wrap the tortillas in a damp clean kitchen towel & nuke for 1 minute. Transfer the pork to a platter and then let everyone build up their tacos.

     Serve them wrapped in a warm tortilla with avocado, (or guac!! OMG even better!) cilantro, tomatillo sauce, cheese & a lime wedge. Buen Provecho mi gente!!!



  1. Wow! These these look like they would taste so good. I'm going to be trying it. Thanks for sharing this rico recipe and welcome to #SabrosoSaturday.

  2. One word: Scrumptious!!!

    Gotta try this!


  3. Thank you for the warm welcome! Also, I meant to add this & forgot. You do not add any liquid to this recipe. The onion literally liquifies. I save a good portion of it too. If I have any meat left over (which is rare lol!) I put it on the meat to keep it from drying out.)
    Rachel, thank you mamita!! =)

  4. Yummy! This recipe was worth the wait chica. So glad you joined the "Tasty" group! Lol

  5. We are fans of pork in my house! I wan these for breakfast right now!

  6. You got me drooling and smiling! The part about "when that timer goes off, get you a slotted spoon" had me giggling out loud. My daughter was ready to try this, as soon as she heard avocado in the list of ingredients.

  7. My mouth is watering as I read your recipe! I have to admit I would have been one of the sanganos tempted to open the cooker LOL But I will take your advice and temper my rumbling stomach! HA!

    Happy Sabroso Saturday - tarde but I think its a Latina thing ;) Glad you're joining in the fun! Hasta el proximo Sabado! *Besitos*

  8. This is so simple. I have never been good at Carnitas. But I can handle this one, love it!

  9. It's no secret I love that this is a CrockPot meal. It just means I can make it for sure! Delicious

  10. AMEN!! I just had breakfast, but am hungry all over again after reading your post. The crockpot is so great for making carnitas/barbacoa, etc. Welcome to Sabroso Saturday! I just started participating as well.