Savory Carnitas Tacos: The Slow-Cooked Pork Delight

August 2, 2023

Venturing Beyond Boundaries

Recently, our journey delved deep into the intricate world of Chinese cuisine. However, this weekend, I chose a different path, revisiting the flavorful world of Carnitas Tacos. While these pork delights don’t hail from ancestral family recipes, they’ve certainly carved a niche in our kitchen. Perfect for gatherings, believe me, having two brimming containers all to myself was nothing short of a gastronomic victory.

The Simple Magic of Slow-Cooking

The beauty of this dish lies in its simplicity. After a quick sear of the pork chunks, a pot filled with water and aromatic seasonings sets the stage. Let it boil, transition it into the oven, and grant it a few hours of patience. The result? Mouthwatering carnitas tacos that’ve never failed to be a crowd-pleaser in our numerous feasts. Beyond tacos, the versatile carnitas can morph into burritos, enrich quesadillas, or even pair delightfully with rice and beans. Endless possibilities await!

Delicious Variations & More

These carnitas tacos resonate with vibrant flavors and textures, creating a symphony in every bite. However, if tacos aren’t your thing, consider the pork carnitas as a canvas. They seamlessly integrate into diverse culinary artworks, from burritos to a hearty bowl of rice and beans, offering both versatility and delectable taste.


  • 4 lbs boneless pork shoulder (retain skin if possible, chopped into 4-inch pieces)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 1 small head red cabbage (finely shredded)
  • Juice and zest of 1 small orange
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Toasted flour or corn tortillas
  • Fresh avocado chunks
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Queso fresco
  • Lime segments for garnishing

Steps to Flavorful Indulgence:

  1. Generously salt the pork chunks. Heat oil in a large ovenproof pot or Dutch oven, searing the pork in portions until golden.
  2. Set your oven at 375 degrees. Introduce the spices, garlic, and bay leaves to the pork, filling the pot up to two-thirds with water. Bring to a boil on the stove. Transition the uncovered pot to the oven, baking for 3 ½ to 4 hours. Monitor occasionally, adding water if required, ensuring tender, melt-in-mouth pork.
  3. Blend the shredded cabbage with orange juice, zest, olive oil, and a dash of salt. To plate, layer a toasted tortilla with the rich carnitas, tangy cabbage blend, avocado, cilantro, and queso fresco, finishing with a hint of lime.
    Serving Insight:

An average plate holds around 2 scrumptious tacos.

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