To make this recipe your own, try serving the carnitas tacos with different toppings—other slaws and salsas would work, as would cilantro sprigs, shredded lettuce, and crumbled queso fresco. On the side, serve grilled corn or sliced watermelon. Inspired by the dish Chef Patricio Sandoval prepared for Food Network In Concert.
- To make the carnitas: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a braising pan or skillet just large enough to hold the meat over medium heat, combine carnitas ingredients, stirring occasionally until the lard melts. Add pork (the liquid should cover the meat) and bring to a simmer. Cover, transfer to oven, and cook until the pork is very tender, about 2 1/2 hours.
- While the pork is cooking, make the coleslaw: In a small skillet over medium heat, warm oil. Add chiles and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chiles darken and are toasted, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.