Braised Pork Tiny Tacos
Braised Pork Tiny Tacos
Cooks at 325 degrees F. 2 1/2-3 hours 30 minutes active prep.
For the Pork:
3 lbs pork shoulder (can be sliced into large pieces)
2 medium or large onions (yellow or sweet), sliced 1/4in thick
2 pablano peppers, seeded and sliced 1/4in thick (cut in half if it large)
2 bell peppers (yellow and red), seeded and sliced 1/4in thick
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
3 garlic cloves rough chopped
4 cups beef or chicken stock (32oz carton)
1 packet onion soup mix (adds major depth of flavor)
1 naval orange, zest and juice
Salt, pepper, to taste
2T vegetable oil
Optional, pork seasoning blend (or whatever spice blend you have and enjoy)
Special equipment Dutch or French oven (I use Le Creuset)
Pre-heat the oven to 325degrees F.
Heat your pot on your stovetop, over medium-high heat. Season the pork with salt and pepper and optional seasoning if desired. Place 2T vegetable oil in the pot and brown the pork on each side (2-3 min per side). remove from pan and place on a plastic cutting board or platter while you continue with the prep.
Place onion in the hot pan and sauté until lightly caramelized, stirring them occasionally and season them with salt and pepper. This may take 8-10 minutes.
Add in the sliced peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the garlic, orange zest and juice, the onion soup packet and stir mixture to combine. add about half of the stock and stir.
Replace the pork in the pan nestled among the onion and pepper mixture. Add the rest of the stock until it comes up to about half to two-thirds of the pork, but does not cover it.
Bring the mixture to a simmer, then cover and place in the oven for 2 1/2-3 hours. The pork should be fork tender, and the liquid slightly reduced.
Remove from oven and allow to sit covered while you prepare the tortillas and garnish. Remember the pan will still be hot even 30 minutes later, so use hot pads.
For the Tacos:
Tiny corn tortillas 3-4 inches in diameter. Use flour tortillas if you must. (White corn is my favorite.) You can find these in grocery stores or markets. You could also make your own!
Hot sauce, if desired (Tapatío, Cholula)
Heat a pan or griddle and place tortillas on it (use non-stick spray if you want) and heat them, turning occasionally until both sides are lightly browned.
Fill with a small amount of the pork and onion-pepper mixture.
Top with a slice of avocado, sprinkle of cilantro, small amount of crumbled queso fresco, splash of lime juice and hot sauce if desired.
Enjoy with or without margaritas!