Shredded Pork Carnitas

Above: Served with warm corn tortillas, lettuce, avocado and sour cream

Shredded Pork Carnitas
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Suggested serving with warm corn tortillas, lettuce, avocado and sour cream. Also delicious with rice.
Recipe type: Mexican
Serves: 6
  • 1 Pork Loin approx 2-2.5 lbs
  • 3 Dried large chilis such as ancho or New Mexico
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 2 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups onions sliced lengthwise
  • 1½ Cup Vegetable Broth
  • 4 Cups Orange Juice
  • Juice from two limes
  1. Soak dried chilis in warm water till soft (several hours)
  2. Cut pork into two inch cubes
  3. Place in a bowl and season with 1 tbsp oil and dried spices
  4. Remove chilis from water, cut off stems, de-seed and mince
  5. Mash garlic cloves with salt
  6. Put minced chilis and garlic in a bowl and set aside
  7. Heat pan with remaining oil and brown meat for several minutes and then return to bowl
  8. Sauté onions in meat pan until starting to soften. De-glaze pan with ½ cup of broth
  9. Cook for another few minutes
  10. Add meat, rest of broth, orange and lime juice
  11. Simmer on low for 3 hours
  12. Pull apart meat with a fork

Brown the meat.
Add the chili and garlic
Here’s the dried chils I used.
Onions sauteing in with the spices
After adding all the liquid, ready to simmer for 3 hours
After pulling apart with a fork

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