Our Go-To Meal For Holiday Houseguests: Carnitas Tacos

Our Go-To Meal For Holiday Houseguests: Carnitas Tacos

Adapted from NINJA Foodi cookbook

Our Go-To Meal For Holiday Houseguests: Carnitas Tacos | http://saltandwind.com One recipe we turn to time and again for a crowd? Carnitas! A spiced pork shoulder is slow cooked until tender then crisped until brown and served in tortill...
Skill
Course
Cuisine
Ingredients
16
Hands-On Time
15 minutes
Total Time
1 hour, 5 minutes
Yield
-
Servings
20 tacos
Season
Our Go-To Meal For Holiday Houseguests: Carnitas Tacos | http://saltandwind.com
Skill
Beginner
Course
Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine
American, Mexican
Ingredients
16
Hands-On Time
15 minutes
Total Time
1 hour, 5 minutes
Yield
-
Servings
20 tacos
Diet
Gluten-Free
Our Go-To Meal For Holiday Houseguests: Carnitas Tacos | http://saltandwind.com

One recipe we turn to time and again for a crowd? Carnitas! A spiced pork shoulder is slow cooked until tender then crisped until brown and served in tortillas -- aka all our favorite things in one!

In Michoacan, Mexico where traditional carnitas come from, they aren't shredded but cubed and browned. For whatever reason we shred the slow-cooked pork shoulder stateside. No matter how you make it, the key is to get them browned and crispy before serving. If you're a streetside taquero in Mexico, you do this on a flat top, but not everyone has a griddle in their home!

We've been using the NINJA Foodi for this very purpose becuase it can both pressure cook and crisp so you get crispy carnitas in no time. If you don't have the Ninja Foodi, just throw the pork shoulder in your slow cooker and let it go for hours until it's fork tender then crisp it in a hot skillet!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder

    cut in 1-inch cubes

  • 6 garlic cloves

    peeled, crushed

  • Juice and zest of 1/2 oranges
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

    or 20 leaves fresh

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 large red onion

    peeled, plus more diced onion for serving

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

    or vegetable stock

  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves

    chopped

  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas

    for serving

  • avocado

    sliced, for serving

  • hot sauce

    for serving

  • sour cream

    for serving

  • Lime

    wedges, for serving

Instructions

Place pork, garlic, orange juice and zest, oregano, salt, pepper, and chili powder in NINJA Foodi pot. Stir to combine. Place onion and stock in pot. Assemble pressure lid, making sure the pressure release valve is in the SEAL position. Select PRESSURE and set to HIGH. Set time to 20 minutes. Select START/STOP to begin.

When pressure cooking is complete, quick release the pressure by moving the pressure release valve to the VENT position. Carefully remove the lid (pointing it away from you) when until has finished releasing pressure. 

Select SEAR/SAUTE and set to MD:HI. Select START/STOP. Using silicone-tipped tongs, remove onion from Ninja Foodi pot and shred pork. Allow pork to simmer for 10 minutes, or until the liquid in pot is reduced, stirring occasionally. Once liquid is reduced, stir agave nector into the shredded pork. Close crisping lid. Select BROIL and set time to 8 minutes. Select START/STOP to begin. 

When cooking is complete, stir in cilantro and salt if needed. Place carnitas into tortillas and assemble with your favorite toppings. 

Footnotes

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