Easy Oven-Simmered Mexican Tacos Carnitas

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Easy Oven-Simmered Mexican Tacos Carnitas
So I was thinking Cinco De Mayo is coming up and when my kids were young, my husband and I couldn’t get out of the house much to celebrate with friends. Part of being a parent sometimes means giving up your social life with friends and sneaking in date nights in the car after the kids are asleep. That was pretty much our mode of socializing.
We’d cook up something delicious to enjoy while watching a movie and then head to the car for a frugal date night under the stars.

These were some of the best times in our marriage. When we’d put the kids to bed and hopped in the car in the driveway, we felt like carefree adults again. Now that my kids are older, we have a bit more freedom. But for those of you still in the struggle, I have a fun and flavorful Easy Oven-Simmered Mexican Tacos Carnitas recipe. This recipe is so mom-friendly, it cooks while you attend to other things around the house.  

The secret in this recipe is going to be eight ounces of Corona or Modelo. Either one works fine for different reasons and will help your meat cook down to a juicy tenderness you’ve never seen.

Using Corona Extra paired with the herbs in this recipe will give your meat hints of fruity-honey compared to Modelo which has more of an orange-blossom honey aroma. Corona Extra is more of a lighter flavored beer while Modelo Especial is more of a rich, full flavored beer.

For this recipe, most people use water or stock, but when it comes to cooking, I like to think outside of the box and repurpose ingredients in unique ways.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. Modelo Especial or Corona Extra
  • 2 lbs of Pork Shoulder cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
Garnish
  • lime
  • cilantro
  • onion
  • greens
  • avocado

Easy Oven-Simmered Mexican Tacos Carnitas
Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the herbs in one bowl. Pour in 8 ounces of your preferred beer. Stir.
  2. Place the pork in an 8×10 casserole dish and cover with the herb and beer mixture.
  3. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. The longer you bake it the more intense the flavor and the more tender the meat will be. Baking for 1.5 will allow the juices to be fully absorbed by the meat.
  4. Use a fork to shred the meat. Serve on a warm tortilla, garnished with cilantro, avocado, onion, and greens.

Easy Oven-Simmered Mexican Tacos Carnitas
Easy Oven-Simmered Mexican Tacos Carnitas
Easy Oven-Simmered Mexican Tacos Carnitas
Cooking the pork slowly like this using the Corona or Modelo as the base for the dish, creates a tender and flavor carnitas.
Easy Oven-Simmered Mexican Tacos Carnitas
When you have little kids, it’s hard to hang out with friends and live the life you used to live. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create different personal everyday moments. There’s a Spanish saying, “saber viver” which means knowing how to live, and I encourage you to embrace this season of parenthood where your kids take up all of your time but don’t forget to carve out carefree and fun moments alone with your spouse.

Cheers for date nights and this fun recipe.

Enjoy!
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21 Comments

  1. This is super easy to make and something I prefer. If I'm not making carnita tacos I'm making this one 😉 Place in warm or fried corn tortillas and served with your favorite taco toppings. I like lettuce, onion, avocado and salsa myself 😉

  2. This sounds like the perfect Cinco de Mayo dish. I love the twist with the Corona. I don't eat pork, so I hope the chicken tastes just as good.

    xo,
    Pri | Paint The Town Chic

  3. I love recipe sites! Especially ones I can make! I saw that, because I have celiac disease and it is hard to find a site that I can freely use. Thank you.

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