Sunday, July 24, 2011


These carnitas are so easy and super delicious! This makes the best party basically cooks itself and everyone can assemble their own tacos. I usually set it up buffet style and have a "taco bar" set up with all sorts of toppings from guac to sour cream, pickled jalapenos, and fresh cilantro. It is always a crowd pleaser!

One 4-5 pound Boston Butt (bone-in pork shoulder)
salt and pepper
3-4 cups water or chicken broth
2 onions
1 T dried oregano
1 t cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Heat a large heavy, oven safe pot on medium heat. Add onions to bottom of pan. Coat meat with salt and pepper and place on top of onions. Add liquid and stir in remaining seasonings. Bring to a boil and then transfer to a 350 degree oven for about 4 hours or until tender.
Remove pot and transfer meat to a large sheet pan. Discard any fat or pieces of bone and break up meat to managible chunks. Return to pot and cook over medium heat, stirring until meat is broken up and liquid is evaporated.
Serve with warm tortillas and toppings of your choice!

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