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Puffy Slow Braised Pork Carnitas Tacos

Braised Pork Carnitas Tacos

Steven Pennington
Perfect recipe for Taco Tuesday
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs
Course Braising
Cuisine Tex-Mex


  • Pork Shoulder 2 pounds
  • Onion (julienne cut, then cut through the onion to coarse chop for texture) ½ large
  • Fresh Cilantro 1 tablespoon
  • Serrano (/minced) ½ whole
  • Lime (/Juiced) ½ whole
  • Fajita season (/ To Taste)

Fajita Seasoning Recipe / BONUS RECIPE

  • Makes Extra (/ BONUS RECIPE)
  • Ancho Chili Powder 1 T
  • Chili Powder 1 T
  • Onion Powder 1 T
  • Garlic 1 T
  • Cumin 2 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper 2 teaspoon
  • Oregano 2 teaspoon
  • Sea Salt 2 teaspoon
  • Pickled Red Onion
  • Apple Cider Vinegar 5 tablespoon
  • Red Wine Vinegar 2 tablespoon
  • Sugar 1 teaspoon


  • 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.

Cooking - Braise the pork on low heat till tender, covered. About 4 to 6 hours. The time will depend on how low your stove temperature goes. 150 t0 160 degrees is perfect. Low and Slow


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