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Authentic Sonoran Pork Carnitas

Authentic Sonoran Pork Carnitas

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This flavorful, aromatic easy-to-make dish is a a combination of several more complex recipes, while staying true to the unique contribution of traditional Mexican spices.

"Excellent dish! Couldn't find the annato seeds or canela, but it was great even without! The adobo chile gives a great spice to it-"

- Twentyseventy


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1 1/4 lb pork butt (pork shoulder); cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cups Water
1 chipotle chili; (canned in adobo sauce) minced
6 cloves garlic; coarsely chopped
1/4 sweet onion; coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 teaspoon annato seeds
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1 whole canela; (Mexican cinnamon)
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
1 whole dried allspice berry

Original recipe makes 4



Grind peppercorns, annato seeds, cloves, cumin, canela, oregano and allspice in spice grinder to fine powder.

Combine all ingredients in a heavy pot, bring to a boil then partially cover and simmer over low heat, for 45-60 minutes until all water has been absorbed and meat begins to fall apart.

Fork shred any remaining chunks of meat, increase heat and saute until meat is browned.

Serve in flour tortillas or with white rice and garnish with cilantro, cotija cheese, shredded cabbage and/or pico de gallo.

very tasty, a keeper around this house,CCheryl photo by CCheryl CCheryl

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Excellent dish! Couldn't find the annato seeds or canela, but it was great even without! The adobo chile gives a great spice to it-
Twentyseventy 3 years ago
these are really good, cant wait to make um again,CCheryl
CCheryl 4 years ago
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