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My favorite food in the world is tacos.
I remember the summers I spent in Mexico as a kid, and the many times my family and I took a very familiar one minute stroll to our neighborhood taco stand to eat seriously scrumptious soft tacos. Oh, they were good!
Those are fond childhood memories that I’ll never forget. It is perhaps because of all those trips to the taco stand near my aunt’s house in Mexico that I love tacos so much today.
So Many Varieties of Tacos to Choose From
I have tried so many different types of tacos over the years, but if I had to choose just one that would win over the rest, it would be tacos filled with carnitas.
Yes, I have a deep fondness for carnita tacos. Can you blame me?
Easy Carnitas Recipe
I know what you may be thinking, especially if you’ve never made carnitas at home before. You might be thinking that carnita tacos sound absolutely delicious, but they’re probably difficult and incredibly time-consuming to prepare. At least that’s what I thought before I started making this dish for my family.
You might be surprised to find out that it is not at all difficult to cook carnitas in your very own kitchen. It’s quite easy, and you can get that same authentic flavor infused into your homemade carnitas by using a versatile ingredient like Kikkoman soy sauce.
How to Cook Carnitas with Kikkoman Soy Sauce
I use Kikkoman soy sauce to enhance the flavor of the carnitas both before and during the cooking process. Beforehand, I marinate the meat in Kikkoman for thirty minutes before putting it into the oven. Then as the meat cooks, I add a little more soy sauce to bump up the flavor even further.
By doing things this way, the carnitas end up flavorful and mouthwatering.
Green Salsa or “Salsa Verde”
When it comes to Kikkman soy sauce and carnitas, I don’t stop at the meat. Part of the fun of eating tacos is about what you choose to put inside of your taco besides the meat, right?
For carnita tacos, green salsa is a fantastic accompaniment. And like carnitas, green salsa (also known as “salsa verde”) is easy to make at home.
Green salsa isn’t just spicy. It’s savory and adds a burst of freshness to your taco.
Carnitas and green salsa go very well together. To be honest, my eyes and my stomach both wanted tacos with green salsa as I sat and edited pictures for this blog post.
Other Ideas for What You Might Include in Your Taco:
- pico de gallo
I’m hoping at this point you’re hungry and would like the recipes now.
Here is the Easy Carnitas Recipe:
A few additional notes about preparing carnitas:
- Bumping the temperature of the oven up to 425 degrees after the meat cooks for 90 minutes allows the carnitas to develop a nice outer crust.
- My favorite way to prepare carnitas is in a glass baking pan. I’ve made them in a ceramic baking pan a couple of times, and while they still turned out great, I found that the carnitas cooked much faster in that type of pan, which meant that I had to keep a close eye on the oven.
- Cooking times may vary depending upon the weight of the piece of meat you’re preparing.
Here is the Green Salsa Recipe:
Carnitas and Family Time Together
If you’re a regular reader, you know that my family and I make a big deal about spending intentional time together every week. Well, I’m really looking forward to our next family day, which happens to be on Sunday.
The green salsa is already in the fridge, and my husband brought home the meat to make carnitas on that day!
I can’t wait.
What’s your favorite way to eat tacos?