Puffy Slow Braised Pork Carnitas Tacos
Puffy Slow Braised Pork Carnitas Tacos are a treat that takes taco Tuesday to a very special place. Moist, slow cooked pork is the key to success. The method outlined here is sure to work and create happy faces around your dinner table. Every great taco starts with the meat ,or if you’re into vegetarian food I would love to hear what you like to use as your proteins.
Ok, meat, but then the condiments really make the rest of the dish. Toppings like cheese are usually found. In our Today, we are going to make homemade Pico De Gallo. For the most part, using a traditional recipe, but with a few upgrades to help elevate the flavor. Plus, we are going to learn a cool trick for cutting tomatoes. Tomatoes can be hard to cut when you’re trying to cut them all the same shape and size. For the second topping, we will be making pickled red onion. The pickling process offers a nice pop of acidity to the taco, balances out the flavors and makes the Pork sing.
Pork is a fatty protein, hard to get around that, but that’s one of the key reasons pork tastes so great. Cooking, we are often looking for a balance of flavors and textures. Adding the pickled red onion is that balancing factor that cuts through the fattiness of the pork. All-in-All this recipe rocks…Hope you give it a try and love it.
Full Instructional Video
Preparing The Moist Juicy Pork
– Braising meat is the process of slowly cooking meat in a liquid or fat for extended periods of time. (Cooking in fat is also called confit ) Resulting in moist and tender meat that if cooked quickly would usually be tough and hard to eat.
The Key to Braising is first to sear the meat on all sides, then add liquid like a stock or water to cover around halfway up the sides of the meat, or, all the way up to completely covering the meat. Will depend on the end product you’re shooting for. With traditional Carnitas the pork is braised in pork lard. Today we are making a healthier version and using a more classic braise technique.
Preparing the Pork - Creating the Braise
Cutting Tomatoes Into Even Squares
– Brunoise Knife Cut – Almost –
Tomatoes have been historically hard to cut into any kind of even shape. This technique is pretty easy to do, but you will need a sharp knife. Remember, a sharp knife is much safer than a dull one. Dull knifes catch and slip resulting in cuts.
Tip: Cutting Tomatoes into Squares/Cubes
Making The Perfect Pico De Gallo
A wonderful condiment to so many recipes. But there’s one more ingredient most cooks aren’t using that takes this to flavortown
Key: -Allowing the Pico de Gallo to setup in the refrigerator for awhile making sure to enhance the over all flavor.
Making the Pefect Pico de Gallo - Flavor Ideas
- 2 plus pounds of Pork Shoulder
- ½ Large Onion (julienne cut, then cut through the onion to coarse chop for texture)
- Fresh Cilantro (add amount you like) 1 Tbsp
- half of one Serrano minced
- ½ Lime (squeezed)
- Few tbsp of Fajita season
- Makes Extra
- 1T Ancho Chili Powder
- 1T Chili Powder
- 1T Onion Powder
- 1T Garlic
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 2 tsp Black Pepper
- 2 tsp Oregano
- 2 tsp Sea Salt
- Pickled Red Onion
- 5 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 tsp Sugar
- Add oil to a large pot that the pork will be cooked in.. Season pork with salt ( To your taste) Cook over medium-high heat till meat is seared on all sides.
- Remove meat and clean out extra oil and unwanted bits.
- Add fresh oil back to the pot and then add the Spanish mirepoix. Sliced onions, sliced poblano pepper & chopped carrots and cook till they start to brown and reduce in size. Cook to soften them and start the caramelization process. Sweetens the vegetables.
- Once the vegetables have been sweated, add the pork back to the pot along with the chipotles, fire roasted tomatoes, coke cola, serranos (or flavor peppers) & water or stock.