Carnitas

Servings: 5-6

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast, cut into 2-inch cubes

  • 2 tsp salt, more to taste

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 medium orange

  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled

  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and quartered

  • 1 dried bay leaf

  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced

  • 2 Hass avocados, peeled and mashed

  • 1-2 radishes, sliced into matchsitcks

  • Salsa of choice

  • 3 limes quartered

  • Jícama tortillas (or any grain-free variety, such as those from Siete Foods)


DIRECTIONS

  1. Place pork shoulder roast in the Instant Pot insert or stovetop pressure cooker, and sprinkle on the salt, cumin and oregano. Toss well until all the pieces are coated with the seasoning.

  2. Remove thin slices of the peel of the orange with a vegetable peeler and add them to the Instant Pot, along with the garlic, onion, and bay leaf.

  3. Juice the orange and pour the juice over the meat.

  4. Place the insert into the Instant Pot and lock the lid. Cook under high pressure for 35 minutes (30 min if using stovetop cooker).

  5. Let the pressure release naturally, open the lid and remove the garlic, onion and bay leaf. Transfer the meat into a large container, and shred the pieces using two forks. Taste and add salt if needed.

  6. Heat up a large cast iron pan over medium heat, add a tbsp of ghee, and fry the shredded pork, stirring occasionally, until it is crispy.

  7. Assemble your tacos, by placing a tortilla on a plate, layering it with crispy carnitas, and topping it with mashed avocado, cilantro leaves, and radishes. Finally add a good squeeze of lime juice all over and your salsa of choice

What are the benefits of this dish?

Pork shoulder is an excellent source of protein, providing us with all the amino acids amino acids that our bodies need to make muscles, tissues, hormones, neurotransmitters and health-protective antibodies. Plus, it helps us have a better control of blood sugar levels.

Pork shoulder is a good source of the B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and B6), and is also a good source of the rarely found vitamin B12. It supplies us with selenium and zinc (vital antioxidants!), plus anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids such as DHA and EPA.

Remember to choose pork from pasture-raised pigs.

Source: This dish is modified from www.nomnompaleo.com. To see the original recipe click here.