Carnitas!

I have a huge weakness for Mexican food.  We have so many Mexican places in town, and I just love stopping in for dinner when we don’t feel like cooking.  Ever since I started living primally, my visits to the Mexican place have been few and far between.  When I do go there, I order carnitas.  I made some at home last night, and I’m so happy with how everything came out that I’m writing about it here.

I put a pork roast in our Crock Pot on Sunday with some Wicker’s marinade.  This is my “almost barbecue” recipe from earlier in this blog.  Since the Wicker’s really isn’t strong, I decided to serve the pork like carnitas – I sauteed the pork so that there were some crunchy little tips and served it along side Mexican “Rice” from Fast Paleo.  It’s a really good dinner (or leftovers for lunch!).

In the past, I have grated my cauliflower with a box grater, but this time I processed the head of cauliflower in the food processor.  So much faster and safer for my fingers!  I also had less waste!

1 Head of Cauliflower

1 Head of Cauliflower

While I processed the cauliflower, I had onion and garlic on the stove getting soft and translucent.

cumin, chili powder, garlic salt

cumin, chili powder, garlic salt

Add the cauliflower to the onions and garlic, then the spices.  I only used 1 T of cumin instead of 2 T.  It seemed like a lot of cumin to me, and my result was just fine.

cauliflower "rice"

cauliflower “rice”

spice for all!

spice for all!

mix it all up

mix it all up, let sautee for a while

Add the chicken stock and stewed tomatoes (I went ahead and used an entire 15 oz. can of Mexican-style stewed tomatoes).  Let this cook down and cook the liquid out for at least 30 minutes, stirring often.  It will eventually get to a rice-y consistency.  It could take longer, so don’t start this thinking it will all be ready in 30 minutes.

jalapenos

jalapenos

I chopped up some onions, jalapenos, cilantro, avocado, and grated some cheese.  I then shredded some of my pork roast and heated it up in a skillet over the stove to get some texture to the meat.  While it doesn’t have the spicy flavor of real carnitas, it is a simple, easy way to eat Mexican style without the temptation of corn chips!

dinner is served

dinner is served

These guys got rowdy while I was cooking.  The one in the harness hates the camera, the other wants him to play so bad!

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