Carnita street tacos are the perfect addition to your authentic taco night!

Preheat Thermodyne slow cook and hold oven to 205°.

Carnita Street Taco Marinade:

  • Chipotle in Adobe                           1 Can
  • Yellow onion, large dice                Half
  • Cilantro                                              1 Bunch
  • Tomato Paste                                  ½ Cup
  • Cumin                                                ¼ Cup
  • Salad Oil                                            1 Cup
  • Charcoal Dust                                   2 Tbl     
  • Salt                                                     ½ Cup
  • Pork Shoulder, Bone In                 2 Each. 10-12LBS pc

Puree first 8 ingredients in food processor until a smooth paste forms.

Pat the pork dry with paper towels and rub the puree on the pork and allow it to sit in the fridge uncovered for 12-24 hours.

Place pork in 4-inch Cambro pan and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Place in Thermodyne slow cook and hold oven and allow it to cook for 12 hours. When its finished cooking, allow it to rest for 1 hour before you begin pulling.

To finish your carnita street tacos, try some finely diced onions, fresh lime juice, and some julienned cilantro!

Carnitas: A History

Carnitas, with its roots deeply embedded in Mexican culinary history, originated in the state of Michoacán. The dish is believed to have been developed by local cooks as a method of preserving and slow-cooking pork, utilizing large copper pots and lard. Over the years, carnitas evolved from a regional specialty to a cherished national dish, celebrated for its flavorful and tender preparation, and eventually gained international acclaim as a quintessential component of Mexican cuisine.

Carnitas, a savory and succulent Mexican dish, showcases the artistry of slow-cooked pork. Traditionally prepared by simmering seasoned pork in its own fat until tender, the result is a symphony of flavors and textures. The cooking process imparts a rich, crispy exterior to the meat while maintaining its juicy interior, creating a harmonious balance that delights the palate. Typically served as a filling for tacos, burritos, or on its own with accompaniments like cilantro, onions, and salsa, carnitas embody the essence of comfort food with a distinctly Mexican flair. The dish’s origins can be traced to the state of Michoacán, and its popularity has transcended borders, making it a beloved and timeless culinary treasure enjoyed by many around the world.