Carnitas Tacos with guacamole

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Carnitas Tacos with guacamole

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1.35kg Pork Shoulder
2 tsp Salt
225g Strong White Bread Flour
60g Lard
1/2 tsp Fine salt
for greasing Vegetable Oil
2 tbsp Onion finely chopped
4 tbsp Green Chillies finely chopped
3 heaped tbsp (+ 2tbsp for garnish) Fresh Coriander finely chopped
3 Avocado
1 Large Tomatoes finely chopped

Delicious tacos with the BEST guacamole

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The most surprising thing about these Carnitas Tacos was the delicious guacamole. Now I hate Guacamole, not just a little bit, but a whole lot, so I tried the guacamole with some trepidation. To my surprise it was absolutely delicious, not only did I have some on my first Taco, but on all of the others. So my recommendation for those avocado hating friends is to try this, even the 6 year old had some!

This carnitas tacos recipe is from the Waitrose magazine and they were very easy to make. Although the recipe says it takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to cook, you do not really need to do anything for this time so it is incredibly easy to make. Another beautifully colourful meal from Mexico. Enjoy with a beer or two.

PS I didn’t make my own tacos, that’s for another day!

Steps

1
Done

For the carnitas, cut the meat, with the fat, into strips about 5cm x 2cm. Barely cover the meat with water in a wide, heavy-based pan. Add the salt and bring to a boil, uncovered. Lower the heat and let the meat cook briskly until all the liquid has evaporated – by this time it should be cooked through but not falling apart. Lower the heat a little and cook until all the fat has rendered out of the meat. Keep turning the meat until it is lightly browned all over – the total cooking time should be about 1 hour 20 minutes. Make the tortillas and guacamole while it cooks – for the best flavour and texture, you want to serve the carnitas as soon as it’s ready.

2
Done

To make the tortillas, put the our on
a work surface. Rub the fat into the our with your fingertips. Dissolve the salt in 125ml warm water and mix into the our,
a little at a time, so you can see how much the our will absorb (you may only need 40-50ml). Using a dough scraper, gather up all the our around the edges and knead until evenly combined – about 2 minutes with a free-standing mixer or 4 minutes by hand.

3
Done

Divide the dough into 10 pieces, about 35-40g each, and roll into very smooth balls about 4cm in diameter. Cover with well-oiled cling lm and set aside for at least 20 minutes, or up to 2 hours.


4
Done

Heat a dry griddle pan over a medium heat. Flatten one of the balls on a lightly floured work surface and roll it out with
a rolling pin to form a 15cm circle.

5
Done

Carefully lay the tortilla on the griddle;
it should sizzle if the heat is correct. The dough will become opaque and the bottom slightly browned in patches.
Turn the tortilla over and cook on the other side; the whole process should take less than 30 seconds. Don’t overcook or the tortilla will become hard instead of soft and pliable. Repeat with the remaining dough. As soon as each tortilla is cooked, stack it on top of the others, covered with a clean tea towel. These tortillas keep well and can be prepared ahead, then reheated on a warm griddle.

6
Done

For the guacamole, grind together
the onion, chillies, coriander and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar (or a small food processor) to a paste. Halve the avocados and scoop out the flesh, mashing it into the chilli base to
a textured consistency – it should not
be smooth. Stir in all but 1 tbsp of the chopped tomato and season. Top with the remaining tomato, and the extra onion and coriander. Roughly chop the carnitas, pile into the warm tortillas and top with the guacamole before serving, with lime wedges for squeezing over if liked.

Zoe Negus

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