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Pork carnitas SEasoning

Getting ready to slow cook some carnitas for tacos and burritos.  So I thought it might be a good idea to make up a seasoning blend to make things super fast and easy!  This carnitas seasoning blend is easy to put together using many spices you may already have in your pantry or on your spice rack.  Its a great way to rotate out your spice stock and make some delicious slow cooked carnitas in the process!  This will season up a delicious pork shoulder and turn it into moist, shredded, perfectly seasoned meat for your very own street tacos at home!

You all know I love me a spice blend!  I love my spices and today we are tossing together some of them to make a delicious slow cooked pork carnitas recipe that we will be sharing very soon on the channel.  We love Mexican food in our house and having grown up in Arizona was shown by many a native grandma how to do things just right.  There are ways to take shortcuts, even if they are often frowned upon, but I think making a spice blend is a great way to ease the path and have everything ready to go in one jar when the need for street tacos hits!

This spice blend is a great way to use what you have.  You can always substitute, add or take away from the things I have used.  If you don't like a lot of spice, leave out the heat.  If you like even more, add in what you like.  This blend is super mild and pleasing to most people who only want to enjoy their taco and not remember it for days!  If you know what I mean!  

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Place ingredients in a mason jar.  Seal tightly with lid and shake well.

Store in a dark, cool and dry place for up to six months. 

Use to season pork shoulder for carnitas, pork chops, tacos, brisket for barbacoa, chicken and more!  Anywhere you would like a Mexican flair, this seasoning is going to fit the bill!

NOTE: You can use hot or smoked paprika in place of sweet.  You can sub out chipotle powder for ancho chili or add to it.  You can adjust this to suit your taste and heat preferences.

 

1 Cup good quality mayonnaise
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

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Step by Step Instructions

Mine starts out with salt, but if you are on a salt restricted diet feel free to leave it out.  I went light on the salt because I actually will have everyone salt their own tacos when all is said and done.  The amount used here is perfect for us.  Then we use the usual suspects!  Black pepper, cumin, sweet paprika but you can use hot or smoked if you desire, onion and garlic powder, oregano, marjoram, bay, thyme and in my case a bit of ancho chili powder.  I am using ground bay leaf to make this super easy and avoid having to pull out a bunch of nasty leaves at the end of the cooking process.  

Put all these ingredients into a jar and give it a good shake.  Use to your hearts desire for carnitas, tacos, chicken, beef brisket or more.  This would be a great seasoning for chips too!  I love having a variety of blends on hand for when I want to make something taste authentic.  Then I know I have what I need and don't have to pull out a bunch of jars, bottles and containers every time I want to do something!

This would also make a lovely addition to any holiday gift.  A taco Tuesday gift basket would be awesome!  This spice blend with a tortilla warmer, some taco racks, some jars of upscale salsa, taco sauce and other shelf stable taco fixings' all placed into an iron skillet and wrapped in cellophane and tied with a bow!  That would make anyone super happy to receive!

This spice blend will stay fresh for up to six months if kept in an airtight container like a mason jar in a dark, cool and dry place.  Give it a good shake before using because things can tend to settle.  

I hope you give this carnitas seasoning a try sometime soon and I hope you love it!

Happy Eating!

2 tablespoons Kosher salt
2 tablespoons fine ground black pepper
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
2 tablespoons granulated onion

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2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried marjoram
1 tablespoon ground bay leaf
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon ancho chili powder


Pork Carnitas Seasoning Blend

Ingredients

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