When I think of comfort foods, I remember coming home from school activities to a house filled with the delicious aroma of roasting pork. As soon as the weather turned cool, we could look forward to roast pork with apple sauce. In those days, roast pork meant a nice tenderloin roasted in the oven. Now that I live in California, I’ve learned to make a different kind of roast pork for tacos or burritos called Carnitas.
Carnitas means “little meats” and usually refers to braised pork that melts in your mouth. Traditional Carnitas is a Mexican dish that originated in the state of Michoacan, where the pork is simmered in lard with salt, chili, cumin, oregano or Mexican oregano, marjoram, thyme, bay leaf, and crushed garlic cloves.
I’m going to share how I make Carnitas for these tacos, seasoned with a homemade tomatillo sauce. You won’t believe how easy it is to do, and how tasty it turns out! Just in time for Cinco de Mayo too! Continue reading