All, here is my uber recipe for Mexican Style Carnitas, that I think even Jamie Oliver would love.
My version of Food Revolution Carnitas:
1 2-2.5lb pork butt or shoulder – cut into 1-2 inch cubes
1 16 oz Pepsi – the real thing – no diet or cherry or crap like that
1-2 C Peanut Oil or your favorite frying oil
2-4 tsp Cumin
1 small onion, chopped – I prefer white onion for this dish
1 bunch Cilantro, chopped
10-20 corn tortillas – the more spanish words on the label, the better
1-2 tomatoes, chopped
1 package or 2 cups of Mexican cheese – I prefer Oaxaca style or Queso Fresco. Jack cheese is also pretty good, but sometimes has a hard time melting
Sour Cream or Crema
Hot sauce or salsa
Heat the oil in Dutch Oven or large frying pan and fry pork cubes in it for 10-20 minutes. You want the sides to be a bit crispy. Stir, but not often, maybe 3 times total – if you smell burning, then stir
After about 10 min I add the chopped onion and 2 tsp or so of Cumin.
After the meat is charred/crisped, drain as much oil as you can.
Add Pepsi and cook for 30-60 minutes – usually my son can’t wait, so he only waits 30 min
Once the meat is easily forked apart, then you know it’s done.
The meat is the hard part, so now you can add it to whatever dish you want.
For the recipe here, I made Carnitas Quesadillas:
Pour some more oil into your frying pan
Place one tortilla down in the oil to start frying, top with cheese, and a healthy portion of your Carnitas meat.
Then place another tortilla on top, and flip when the bottom tortilla is as crisp as you like.
I let them cool for 5 min or so, then quarter with a pizza cutter.
Top with cilantro, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, and hot sauce, and you’ve got your self the best darn Carnitas Quesadilla you could ever want.
But, of course, feel free to put the meat into tacos, soft tacos, burritos, tostadas, enchiladas, or any other Mexican style dish that you like, or think Jamie Oliver would like!