Hey peeps…..HAPPY TACO TUESDAY!!!!
So here is a well known secret I am slightly obsessed with a local food truck Tacos El Primo here in Harrisonburg.
They are AMAZING!!! The pork carnitas tacos are so delicious and simple. I have been on a mission to recreate them in my own kitchen and i have DONE IT!!!!!! I do love the whole taco truck experience truly. The guys are so friendly and affordable and my kids pick going there over any chain restaurant!
So here is the recipe which i found on pinterest from a site called My Kitchen Escapades and after reading the comments felt this is the one to try. I tweaked a little as the recipe is for a dutch oven and I used my crock pot. But it turned out perfect.
I started out with one HUGE pork butt bone in. Weighing in at a massive 7.25 lbs
I trimmed the extra fat.
Then in my crock pot i put the following:
1 1/2 cups water
1 whole orange halfed and juiced into the pot it goes
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 onion, peeled and halved
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dried oregano
Recipe calls for 2 tsp of fresh lime juice which I totally forgot! But I am sure will make it just as lovely.
OKAY! So its all in the crock pot and i set it on low Saturday evening and let it go. 8 Hours is definitely enough but i let it go through church and came home to awesome falling off the bone pork that was amazing!
Here is step two and this is the make it great move,
Scoop all the meat out of the pot. Then take the juices and reduce on stove for about 15-20 minutes till thick like syrup.
This takes all those delicious flavors and concentrates them even more.
Then you fold this liquid back into your pork. Gently break up the pork as you do this.
Then take pork and spread on foil lined baking sheet in single layer, it took two large sheets for me to get all of my pork done.
You then broil the meat for 5-7 minutes till edges are browned and crispy. Take spatula and carefully flip and repeat on other side. When you are done you will have the most amazing crispy flavor full pork carnitas EVER!!!!
Now for the garnishes true El Primo style!
Place on warm corn tortilla and top with salsa verde (green salsa ) and TA-DAAAAA!!!!
I actually started to laugh when I took my first bite because they are SOOOO DELICIOUS!!!! YUM!!!
This is hands down the best pork dish I have ever made! Super excited.
WARNING: I am not responsible for the amount of carnitas eaten before the actual meal was served…..i could not help myself!
Now onto my next mission…..getting the salsa verde recipe from the El Primo peeps!!!