Let's have a taco party!
I'm going to show you how to make pretty much fool-proof carnitas tacos. They're impossibly easy to make, and they're perfect for a casual party, an outdoor picnic, or even while you're out car camping. You'll be the hit of the party, and it's not even hard to do.
A note for purists: This isn't the definitive way to make carnitas tacos. In fact, it's kind of cheating because I use a crock pot instead of roasting a big piece of pork for many hours in the oven. It's also not as fatty as true, authentic carnitas, which traditionally uses lard. Yep, the hard stuff. I prefer doing it this way. It's no doubt much healthier.
One more thing: This recipe is perfect for a party in the park. I've set up a camp stove with a cast iron pan on top on a picnic table and cooked carnitas tacos to order for both kids' soccer parties and adult boozefests.
Wait... one more thing. I STRONGLY recommend using a cast iron pan for this. Otherwise, you won't get crispy carnitas.
What you'll need to make 15-20 modest-sized tacos
3 pounds of country style pork ribs, blade roast, or pork butt
1 jalapeno pepper
1 anaheim chili or other pepper of your choice (optional)
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 large white onion
1 bunch cilantro
4-5 limes or lemons (I happened to have lemons but prefer limes)
Salsa of your choice
A big pack of small corn tortillas
A large cast iron pan
Cumin, oregano, onion powder to season meat before cooking
Radishes for garnish
Step 1: Crack open your crock pot
First, get out your crock pot and toss your pork into it. Chop up your peppers, taking care to remove the seeds. Peel and roughly chop your garlic and toss it in the pot, too. If you have it, throw in 1/2 Tbsp each of cumin, oregano, and onion powder. The dry ingredients are optional, but if you have them I would recommend using them.
Turn your crock pot on low and cook for 8-10 hours. I usually cook the meat the day before I actually want to eat carnitas tacos and just put it in the fridge once it has cooled. You'll see that this is not a problem and may even be preferable.