Carnitas Street Tacos

I can’t stress enough how much I love street tacos. If you didn’t know that about me, I’ll give you a little history. I grew up in the Midwest, and my mom would do taco night once in a while. But, she didn’t make authentic tacos, they were more American style with hard shells, a taco seasoning packet, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream. Not my fave. So, for the longest time I just thought I didn’t like tacos as that was the only taco I knew. When I finally ate some authentic carne asada street tacos from a taqueria after living in California for years, my mind was completely changed. And now, I try to make tacos once a week as I have a lot of time to make up for!

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So today I am sharing a Carnitas Street Tacos recipe with you. I recently got a Butcher Box, and there was a pork butt in there, which I decided would be a great thing to make carnitas with. I love Butcher Box because they are sustainable and have amazing tasting meats.

Besides the meat, the second best thing about these tacos is the tortillas. I recently found these organic white corn and flour tortillas. These are the best organic tortillas for street tacos I have ever had! They are so good!

This recipe makes a lot of tacos! So, it’s perfect for a large family or a party. And, even though it’s just Delaney and me, we make this recipe often and have tacos all week! When I reheat the meat, I actually do it in my air fryer, as it makes it a little crispy on the edges. You can do this additionally, or you can skip this step. But, I have the Cuisinart Air Fryer, so it’s really easy to just place some meat on a piece of foil and air fry for just a few minutes to get a nice crispy edge. Then, we just have chopped onions and cilantro on hand, and add avocado and salsa for a super easy lunch or dinner. Get the recipe below for my Carnitas Street Tacos.

Why go organic?
You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you’re making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don’t need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.

Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it’s already a healthy recipe, or you’re already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn’t mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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Carnitas Street Tacos
Makes 8 to 10 servings

Carnitas
2 tablespoons organic garlic powder
2 tablespoons fine sea salt
1 tablespoon organic onion powder
1 tablespoon organic oregano
1 tablespoon organic cumin
2 teaspoons organic black pepper
1 teaspoon organic cayenne
6 pounds Butcher Box pork butt
12 ounces Mexican beer or lager

For the Tacos
La Tortilla Factory Organic White Corn & Flour Tortillas
1 organic white onion, diced
2 to 3 organic avocados, cut into cubes
a bunch of organic cilantro, chopped
organic green salsa
organic limes

Method
To make the carnitas: In a small bowl, mix together the garlic powder, sea salt, onion powder, oregano, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne. Rub all over the pork butt.

Add the pork butt to a slow cooker, and pour in the beer. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, until the pork is tender and shreds easily.

To assemble tacos: Heat the tortillas in a skillet until warm. Top tortillas with pork, onions, green salsa, avocado, cilantro, and squeeze of lime.

Gluten Free — Use corn tortillas.

High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

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