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Achiote Carnitas



  1. In a small bowl whisk together the orange juice, olive oil, achiote paste, cumin, oregano, salt, ancho chile powder and aleppo pepper.  Pour the marinade over the pork, refrigerate and marinate overnight.
  2. Remove the pork from the marinade and reserve the marinade.  Brown the pork well on both sides, then remove from the pan. Add the garlic cloves, and cook for one minute.  Add the reserved marinade and stirring occasionally, cook for 2-3 minutes, until reduced slightly.  Add the chicken broth and pork, bring to a boil.
  3. Cook the pork about 6 - 7 hours, at 275 degrees in the oven – low & slow.
  4. Let pork rest for about an hour, then shred with forks and or fingers.  Add pork to large pot with remaining marinade and additional seasonings to taste. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Serving suggestions

  1. Use for buritos, tostadas, enchiladas.
  2. Serve over rice
  3. Add BBQ sauce and serve as Sloppy Joes