Pork Carnitas Tacos

A long and slow cooking process allows the meat to pick up all the spices in our popular pork rub.
The hot peppers bring a gentle heat that sits nicely on the tongue.

About the Rub:

All the spice you will need for this dish is all in one tin. Our pork rub is a blend of vegetables, herbs, and rich spices that develop a deep, rustic blend of sweet and smoky. The ingredients are carefully chosen to tenderize and enhance the flavors in pork. Generously rub the seasoning into your pork shoulder or butt roast, let cook long and slow allowing all those flavors to seep into the meat. Then sit back and accept your applauds. We do the work, so you can receive the praise.

Add More:

Adding jalapeno peppers to carnitas are a must, but why stop there. For a smooth deep heat we like to add habanero as well. Jalapenos bring a nice bright zing while habaneros add a layer of subtle smoky flavor with extra kick giving this recipe depth. We keep the seeds and add them to the pot. Do not fear the heat. The juice (where the heat lives) is discarded leaving behind only what is absorbed in the pork, a subtle and pleasant heat.

Finish it Off:

We like to use corn tortillas for this recipe. The sweet corn flavor wraps around the heat in the pork for a perfect blend of flavors. Top the tacos with sliced green onions, fresh chopped cilantro, and crumbled cotija cheese, or substitute feta. Serve it with a side of homemade tomatillo sauce.

Pork Carnitas Tacos

Cedar Oak Farms
Prep Time 10 mins
Crock Pot Time 10 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southwest
Servings 12 tacos

Equipment

  • Crock Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 4 pounds pork shoulder, or pork butt
  • 3 -4 tablespoons Cedar Oak Farms Pork Rub
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, remove stem, sliced in half, keep seeds
  • 2 habaneros, remove stem, sliced in half, keep seeds
  • 2 oranges
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Sliced green onion, chopped cilantro, tomatillo sauce, for topping

Instructions
 

  • Your roast should have a side with a layer of fat. Cut a few slits in the fat.
  • Generously rub the pork all over with the pork rub getting some into the slits.
  • Place the pork in a crock pot fat side up, top with the onion, jalapeno and habanero, seeds and all.
  • Slice the oranges in half and squeeze the juice over the pork.
  • Slow cook on low for 10 hours.
  • Remove the pork and allow to cool enough to handle. Using 2 forks shred the meat.
  • Warm the corn tortillas over a griddle working in batches. This will help prevent splitting and awakening the corn flavor.
  • Spoon some pork in the center of the tortilla, top with green onion, cotija cheese, and cilantro. Serve with the tomatillo sauce on the side.

Notes

Note: I use two corn tortillas per taco. You know, in case the main tortilla splits. Do not want to lose any of these flavors. 
Keyword Pork, Tacos
Taqutillos

Drowned Taquitos

Taquitos filled with a blend of roast beef, golden potatoes, and beans then rolled into a tight cigar and submerged in savory tomato broth.

Beef chuck roast is simmered in a savory vegetable broth until it is fork tender leaving behind a deep red savory sauce. Flour tortillas are dipped in the crimson sauce, rolled around the shredded beef mixture and pressed into tight cigar shaped tubes and deep fried to golden perfection.

Garnished with shredded lettuce and fresco Cotija that melts into the broth, hanging, suspended between liquid and solid. What you have in the end is a delirious spice-infused goop that you can eat with your spoon even when the taquitos are gone.

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Masa Harina Pork Chops with Roasted Vegetables

Pan fried masa harina breaded pork chops that fry up crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside.

Look up Masa Harina and you’ll probably get a thousand tamale recipes to pop up. That’s fair. Masa Harina and corn tortillas go hand-in-hand, But don’t stop there. There are so many other ways to use masa harina. A 50/50 blend of all-purpose flour and masa harina in your bread recipes will bake up a slightly sweet and nutty loaf. Like flour it can be used as a thickener which adds another layer of texture and flavor. Champurrado, the traditional Mexican hot chocolate, is made with masa harina. I’m not going lie, this both appalls and intrigues me at the same time. Yet, hands down, my favorite way to use it is as a breading. Masa harina’s gritty texture and rich corn flavor makes it ideal for dredging.

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Chowder

Southwestern Style Chowder

A farm-to-table Southwestern style chowder filled with farm fresh chicken, corn, and chile.

This is one of those beautiful one pot meals filled with intense flavor that alternates between savory and spicy. I really love the Southwestern flavor infusion in a chowder, and I think you will to. Hearty, yet healthy, it will leave you feeling a bit sad because your full belly is going to tell you to put the spoon down and you’re not going to want to. Thankfully it makes a large batch so you can have leftovers for lunch. That is if someone doesn’t beat you to them. When it comes to this chowder, it’s every man for himself.

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Spicy Beef & Noodles

A mild spicy aromatic broth, tender homemade pasta, and savory sliced beef.

How about some market inspiration before the next market. The ingredients in this recipe can be found at the market and in your pantry. So come on out to the market and get cooking.

From the Market:

Shaved Beef – Our beef comes from Cow Creek Organic Farm. We asked the butcher to shave some of the top round.
Coffee RubCedar Oak Farms very own spice blend. Robust and savory that provides a dark flavor this rub seals in the essences and juices of your meat.
Produce – Young green onion, radishes, garlic – Stop at Munger Manor Farm’s booth and pick up these farm fresh produces, but don’t stop there. They offer a wide variety of garden goodness.
Italian FlourJanie’s Mill Italian flour is the perfect pasta flour. It offers a highly-sifted, high-protein, flavorful flour that works well for this pasta.
Eggs – we do not keep eggs in the market, but our farm is close to others that offer fresh farm eggs and milk. We will be glad to direct you to them.

Pasta by Hand vs. Mixer:

Whether by hand or mixer the choice is yours. I prefer to mix the dough by hand because it allows me to feel the texture of the pasta and adjust the flour accordingly. Then I bring out the stand-up mixer to roll and cut. I do not have the upper body strength or workout ethic needed to roll out a thin, transparent dough. The first thing to keep in mind is pasta is very forgiving, so relax. A few simple adjustments will get you to the dough you desire. Here is the basic rule of thumb. If the dough is too dry, it will not form a ball. To moisten the dough, add 1 teaspoon of water. If it is too sticky, add 1 teaspoon of flour. Continue to add more water or flour as needed to bring the pasta to the correct texture.

So let’s cook!

Beef & Noodles in a Spicy Juice

Cedar Oak Farms
A mild spicy aromatic broth, tender homemade pasta, and savory sliced beef.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Resting Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Pasta Roller & Cutter

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound *shaved beef
  • 1 tablespoon *Coffee Rub
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3-4 *sliced early green onion separate the greens from the bulb
  • 2 cloves *minced garlic
  • 8 ounces beef broth
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish sauce

Pasta:

  • 4 **eggs room temperature
  • cups *Italian flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • To get the meat well-seasoned take the beef out, sprinkle the coffee rub over the beef and toss to mix. Let the beef come to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  • Next, start on the pasta. You may use your stand-up mixer, but I like to mix with my hands. That allows me to feel the texture and adjust the flour as needed. These directions following that method. Whisk together the flour and salt and place on a flat surface. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the oil.
  • Whisk the eggs until light and fluffy. Add some of the egg to the center and gradually begin to add flour to the center. I add the eggs slowly to avoid overspill. Make another well, add more egg, and bring in the flour. Repeat this step until all the egg has been incorporated into the flour and you have a nice dough.
  • Knead the dough until the pasta is smooth and silky. Wrap the pasta in plastic wrap and let rest 20 minutes.
  • Cut the dough in half and shape into two balls. Working with one ball at a time roll the dough into a long oval strip. Pull in the sides as you work. You want the width to be just short of the width of your pasta roller.
  • Finish rolling the dough in a pasta roller starting at the widest thickness and working down to the smallest after each roll until the pasta is thin enough to see your hand through. This will produce a long strip of pasta. Now is where the stand-up mixer comes in handy. You can roll the dough into a spiral and cut by hand, but I like the uniformed cut that you get from a pasta cutter.
  • Attach the fettuccine pasta cutter to the mixer. Cut you pasta strip in thirds or half and slowly guide through the cutter. Lay one end of the pasta on a parchment lined baking sheet and begin to circle and lower until you have a nice round ball of cut pasta.
  • Repeat until all the pasta has been rolled out and cut. Set aside.
  • Start a pot of salted water bringing to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic and sliced onion bulbs. Sauté 1-2 minutes or until fragrant and soft. Add the beef. Cook until all the meat is just brown. Do not overcook or the beef will be too tough. Transfer to a bowl and keep warm.
  • Using the same skillet add the broth, water, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes bringing the flavors together. Add the wine and continue to cook until reduced to about half. Stir in the horseradish sauce. Lower the heat to low and let simmer while you cook the pasta.
  • Place the pasta into the boiling salted water. Fresh pasta only needs 6 minutes in the water. Drain.
  • Divide the broth evenly between serving bowls. Top with a serving of pasta and shaved beef. Garnish with sliced radish and the sliced onion greens.

Notes

* Available at the “Market on the Farm” at Cedar Oak Farms.
** Available at a neighboring farm.
Keyword Beef, Coffee Rub, Pasta