Fried Crisp Pork with Chile-Peanut Sauce: Carnitas con Salsa Guajillo y Cacahuates

Total Time:
2 hr 5 min
35 min
1 hr 30 min

4 to 6 servings

  • Salsa Guajillos y Cacahuates:
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 guajillos, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 anchos, stemmed and seeded
  • 5 chile de arbols, stemmed and seeded
  • 1/4 pound tomatillos, husked
  • 1 white onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • Carnitas:
  • 2 1/2 cups cups water
  • 10 bunches thyme
  • 2 sprigs oregano
  • 1 medium white onion, quartered
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 pounds boneless pork butt diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 pounds lard
  • Warm corn tortillas, as an accompaniment
  • Sliced radishes, as an accompaniment
  • Shredded lettuce, as an accompaniment
  • For the salsa: In a small saucepot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.

  • In a cast iron skillet, toast the chiles until they start to smoke and blister. Remove from the pan and place in a bowl and cover with boiling water.

  • In the same cast iron skillet, toast the tomatillo, onion, and garlic until soft and they char a little.

  • Put the soaked chiles, peanuts, onion, tomatillo, and garlic in a food processor with the chile water. Puree until smooth, and season with salt and pepper.

  • For the carnitas: In a large stockpot, heat 2 1/2 cups of water with the thyme, oregano, white onion, garlic, and salt. When it comes to a boil add the diced pork butt and cook covered for 1 hour. Remove and drain.

  • In a large Dutch oven, heat the lard. When lard is smoking, sear the pork to brown all sides. Remove and serve with warm tortillas, guajillo-peanut sauce, radishes, and shredded lettuce.

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