This dish is inspired by all of the Mexican food I grew up with. Now that I'm married and had to move away from my hometown, there has been a gross shortage of really good Mexican food restaurants. So, like I do with most things, I wrote my own recipe for carnitas!
If you are unfamiliar with what carnitas are, they are cubes of some type of pork roast simmered in orange juice until shreddable and the liquid is gone; the meat starts to fry in it's own fat and gets all brown, caramelized, and crispy, yum!
You can use the meat as you like, but some of my favorite uses are burritos, tacos, or just over a fresh green salad!
Here it is:
- 2-3 lbs pork tip roast
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 tbsp bacon fat
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- about 4 cups of orange juice
- Dice the pork roast into 1-2 inch cubes.
- Saute the onion in the bacon fat in a large heavy bottomed pan until translucent.
- Add the pork and the spices.
- Add enough of the orange juice to come up 3/4 of the way on the pork and bring to a boil.
- Continue to simmer on medium heat, shredding the pork with two forks as it cooks.
- Cook until the liquid evaporates, turn the heat up to medium high and fry the pork in the fat until brown and caramelized.
- Serve as a burrito filling, taco filling, or however you like!