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                                                                  Carnitas Recipe
                                                                   3 h 30 m

                                                                  Carnitas may seem like a complex Mexican dish to pull off, but really it only takes a little patience to perfect. Just toss a few ingredients into a pot and slow-cook the pork in its own flavorful broth. In a couple of hours, the broth reduces and the pork fries in the fatty juices left behind, resulting in crispy yet tender meat perfect for stuffing into tacos or burritos, or serving atop tostadas. Special equipment: You’ll need cheesecloth and butcher’s twine for this recipe. This dish was featured as part of our No-Fail Mexican Favorites for Cinco de Mayo.

                                                                  Ingredients
                                                                  • Yes No 3 5 inch marjoram
                                                                  • Yes No 2 medium garlic clove
                                                                  • Yes No 1 tbsp coriander seed
                                                                  • Yes No 1 bay leaf
                                                                  • Yes No 1 medium white onion, and through the root end
                                                                  • Yes No 2 tsp kosher salt
                                                                  • Yes No 3 lb boneless pork shoulder
                                                                  • Yes No flour tortilla
                                                                  • Yes No guacamole
                                                                  • Yes No salsa
                                                                  • Yes No cilantro
                                                                  • Yes No lime
                                                                  • Place the marjoram, garlic, coriander, and bay leaf in a small piece of cheesecloth and tie it tightly with butcher’s twine. Place in a Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed pot along with the onion and salt. Arrange the pork in a single layer and add enough water to just cover the meat. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Skim and discard any foam that floats to the surface using a large spoon. Simmer, skimming the surface and turning the pork pieces occasionally, until the meat is tender and just beginning to shred apart, about 2 1/2 hours. (You may need to adjust the heat to medium low to keep it at a simmer.)
                                                                  • Remove and discard the herb packet and onion quarters. Increase the heat to medium high and cook until the remaining water evaporates and just the rendered fat coats the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to low and let the meat fry in the fat, turning occasionally, until browned all over, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard any large pieces of unrendered fat and serve the carnitas in tacos, burritos, or tostadas with desired toppings.
                                                                  Cuisine:YesNomexican
                                                                  Yields: 9servings
                                                                  • Active Time: 30 minutes
                                                                  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
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                                                                    simmer
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                                                                    twine

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