Apr 07 2011
Pork Carnitas is a classic Mexican pulled-pork dish that is getting more popular in Mexican restaurants, including one of our favorites, Chipotle. The traditional recipe for carnitas calls for the pork to be submerged in lard and deep fried (um, no thank you.) Instead, we braise the pork in some stock in the oven for several hours until it’s very tender, then broiled until the outside is crispy. We have made carnitas before on The Food Addicts… in May of last year, to be exact. It was the Carnitas Burrito with Tomatillo Salsa Verde, in which we offered a giveaway for products from La Tortilla Factory. This time around, we wanted to revisit the Carnitas recipe but turn it up a notch with some new exotic seasonings that we received from Spices, Inc.
Greg Patterson is the Founder and CEO of Spices, Inc. which is a company that specializes in spices, seasonings, rubs, and blends. He was nice enough to send us an 8-pack set of spices and powders that he thought we would enjoy, which included Saigon Cinnamon Powder, Cacao Nibs, El Paso Chili Powder, Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning, Ground Cumin, Cocoa Powder, Smoked Sweet Paprika, and even Saffron! Some of these spices are so exotic that we have never even heard of them. It was such a great treat to receive these products from Greg and we were excited to use them in our cooking. So far, our favorite spice is the Smoked Sweet Paprika, which we find ourselves putting in almost everything we cook! True to its description on the bottle, it’s a heavenly Smoked Paprika that is rich in flavor, complexity, and depth. We enjoyed the full range of sweetness combined with lingering smoky notes. We decided to use the paprika in our Carnitas recipe because we wanted to give the pork a balance of smoky sweet and spicy. It definitely worked well for us! Stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway for a 6-jar spice set from Spices, Inc.! This is a great way to try new spices that you won’t normally see at the supermarket.
To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Pork Carnitas with Exotic Spices