Pork Carnitas Tacos with Cherry-Chipotle Salsa

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Tangy cherries simmer with cumin- and cinnamon-rubbed pork shoulder to create a not-your-ordinary taco recipe.

Pork Carnitas Tacos with Cherry-Chipotle Salsa
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
6

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 ½ pound boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 2- to 3-inch pieces

  • ¼ cup manteca* or coconut oil

  • 1 ¼ pound fresh sweet cherries, pitted (about 3 1/2 cups)

  • 12 cloves garlic

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 12 - 16 5-6 inch corn tortillas, warmed

  • Sliced radishes

  • Lime wedges

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine 1 teaspoon kosher salt, the cumin, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon chile powder, the black pepper, and cinnamon. Add pork; toss to coat.

  2. Spread manteca or coconut oil in the bottom of a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker. Place pork on top. Add 1 1/2 cups cherries and the garlic. Cover and cook on high 4 to 5 hours or low 8 to 10 hours.

  3. Meanwhile, for salsa, chop remaining 2 cups cherries. In a medium bowl combine chopped cherries, onion, cilantro, lime juice, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon chile powder. Chill, covered, until serving time.

  4. Preheat broiler. Using a slotted spoon, remove pork to a shallow baking pan. Using two forks, shred pork. Spread evenly. Broil 4 inches from heat for 4 minutes.

  5. Remove cherries and garlic from slow cooker with a slotted spoon; stir into crisped pork. Serve mixture in warm tortillas with cherry salsa, additional cilantro and red onion, sliced radishes, and lime wedges. Serves 6.

*

Traditionally carnitas are cooked in manteca (fresh lard). Avoid the shelf-stable lard on grocery store shelves; instead look in the deli section of a Latin market. If you can't find fresh lard, use coconut oil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

442 Calories
11g Fat
41g Carbs
45g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 442
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 492mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 45g
Vitamin C 13.7mg 69%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 3.5mg 19%
Potassium 1095mg 23%
Folate, total 13.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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