Pork (Tenderloin) Carnitas
- 1 cooked pork tenderloin, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
- chili powder, cumin, chipotle powder, garlic powder, oregano, black pepper...about 1 Tbsp total
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 a green bell pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, diced fine
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- chopped cilantro
- juice and zest of half a lime
Directions: Heat the oil in a large skillet (cast iron would work great here) over a medium high heat. Add the onions and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally until they soften. Add the jalapeno and the diced pork and toss with the vegetables in the oil and begin to brown the meat. Once the meat begins to pick up some color add a few god shakes of the spices (or use about a tablespoon of southwestern seasoning). Toss or stir the pork and vegetables well so that the mixture is well coated with the seasoning. Continue to cook until the onion and peppers have caramelized and the pork has browned. At the end add the lime juice, zest, cilantro and season with a little salt to taste.
While the pork and vegetable are cooking, prepare the toppings and warm your tortillas. I like to assemble mine by laying down a warm flour tortilla, spooning on some of the pork and vegetable mixture, followed by some grated pepper jack cheese, salsa, chopped cilantro, a squeeze of lime and some good Mexican hot sauce.