Carnitas Tacos with Pickled Red Onions
February 16, 2021
One of my favorite recipes of all time. Hands down my favorite tacos we make at home. Carnitas are a perfect + flavorful weeknight dinner!
Taco Tip: Get a friend from Texas
When it comes to carnitas, I take advice only from the best tex-mex cook I know. My friend Treva was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She rocked my world when she shared her mom’s secrets to great carnitas:
- First, braise the pork in just enough orange juice to cover the meat.
- Turn up the heat and let the liquid evaporate.
You’re left with tiny tender pieces of generously seasoned pork crisping in their own rendered fat. My tacos have never been the same since learning this Texan insider tip.
I took the extra step to introduce a few other flavors like lime, garlic, and what I call the triple threat of Mexican spices: chili powder, coriander, and cumin. Served in warm tortillas and topped with proper fixins’—especially fresh-tasting, homemade pickled onions—carnitas will feed a crowd easily.Print