image 1: Slow-cooked pork taco served with green salsa
This past Saturday was my knitting day. Our knitting group meet once a month at one of our knitters' houses. This time I had a privilege of making a lunch treat. We usually take turn bringing little treat to the knitting. I mentioned pork taco I had made months ago to the group and they would love to try my yummy recipe.
I've always wanted to make a real taco like the one you get from a moving van in Langley Park (a little town in Maryland where majority of residents are Hispanics). I've always loved Mexican food because of its spiciness which Thais can relate to this very well.
I found different taco recipes but they weren't quite what I had in mind. I adapted my taco recipe from this canitas taco and added extra toppings to it. This recipe can make about 30 taco.
Here is my pork taco version with roasted green salsa
Ingredients needed for preparing pork
1. 6-8 lbs pork shoulder with bone (I bought my from Shopper Warehouse)
2. 1 can chopped tomato (14 oz)
3. 1 medium onion chopped
4. 4 clove garlic chopped
5. 2 bay leaves
6. 1 tsp salt 7. pepper to taste 8. 1 tsp oregano 9. 2 Tbs vegetable oil
10.2 cup beef broth
Other ingredients to create taco:
1. Soft tortilla (comes in one lbs and 2 lbs bag)
2. Chopped tomato for topping
3. Chopped Onion for topping
4. Chopped jalapeno for topping
5. Thinly sliced radish to serve as a side vegetable if you like
6. Chopped cilantro for topping
7. Lime, cut into little pieces
8. Grated cheese of your choice (I used jack cheese, my husband prefers goat cheese)
9. Red or green salsa (store bought or homemade). See my green salsa recipe below.
Prepare your pork by cutting it into 1 inch cube and try to get most of the fat out. Freeze the bone for future soup stocking. Heat iron pot or pot of your choice over medium heat, add oil, onion and garlic. Stir occasionally until the onion nice and soft. Add cubed pork, a can of chopped tomato, beef broth and water just to cover the pork. Add bay leave, oregano, salt and pepper to the pot. Increase heat until the mixture is boiling then reduce to simmer and cover. Let the pork cook at least 3 hrs. Prepare ingredients for toppings while waiting for the pork to cook.
Half hour before serving, preheat oven to 400 degree F when ready take all the cooked meat out from the pan. Discard the liquid part or save it for soup. Spread the cooked meat out in a baking tray. Separate the meat with fork into little pieces. Sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes.
Assembling The Taco:
Heat tortilla in a microwave for 15 second, put it in a plate. Place meat on top of tortilla then add toppings of your choice. Don't forget the lime though, it really makes the great flavor with lime. You can nipple slice radish along while you're munching on your taco. I forget to mention lettuce - add slice lettuce if you like.
I like hot salsa on my taco but I didn't have time to make the red salsa this time. I had available green banana pepper, so I made a green salsa instead. It's not hot at all but it give a nice roasted flavor to the dish. I'm posting green salsa recipe below just in case you'd like to make one.
Image 2: Roasted green salsa mix with chopped fresh onion and tomato
1. 5 green peppers (sweet or banana) if you want it little hot use Green Ancho peppers
2. 1 sweet onion slice into 1/4 inch thick
3. 5 cloves garlic with peel on
4. 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
5. 1Tbs lime juice
6. pinch of salt
Arrange peppers, onion, garlic in a tray. Bake at 400 degree for approximately 15 minutes or until skin turn slightly black. Pepper should be soft and aromatic. Take care not to burn onion and garlic.
If they look done before the peppers, take them out first and continue baking the peppers. When the peppers are done and cooled down, remove the burning skin out and put it in the food processor.
Peel the roasted garlic and add to the peppers, add onion, chopped cilantro, lime juice and a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add small amout of hot water to the mixture to loosen it up.
Use this green salsa for taco topping. You can add chopped onion, chopped tomato, chopped garlic, and chopped jalapeno to it if you wanted to turn the salsa into dipping.
Hope you'll try to make my pork taco some time. It looks like a lot of work, but it so worth it at the end. Thank you for stopping by.