Are you getting ready for Cinco De Mayo on Monday, May 5th? What are your big plans? Any goodies you plan to make? I love this time of year. It’s spring (in Texas it feels like summer) and all the fresh veggies and fruits are starting to look ripe at the stores. Not to heat up the house I usually make these beef carnitas in a crock pot but this time I popped them in the oven.
This is usually a meal that when I say dinner is ready I get toppled over to for them to get to it. My oldest son doesn’t like Spanish food. I know it’s odd but he is just a sandwich type of kid. I don’t get it either. That or French and Italian foods.
The other half loves Spanish food almost more than he loves Czech food. I usually make these because it can feed a lot of people. I’ve made these beef carnitas for a funeral, for birthdays, and for general cookouts. Not once have they failed to be a huge success. This summer I plan to make these for a poolside treat and possibly to take with us out to the fourth of July festival here. I am debating these over corn dogs; what would you choose?
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It’s popular here in Texas and you will see a lot of celebrations in the streets and markets depending on your area. Are you ready to celebrate your mouth? I am!
ITEMS TO MAKE BEEF CARNITAS
- 1 large beef brisket ( I usually buy about 2lbs or more)
- 1 bundles of cilantro
- 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 3 cloves of garlic; minced
- 1 red onion; sliced in rounds
- 2 limes; cut in halves
- 1 32 oz container beef broth
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
- In a foil pan lay brisket meat side down and fat side up. Add chipotle peppers, sliced onions, minced garlic, two halved limes and half a bundle of cilantro to the pan. Top with beef broth and cover.
- Bake in oven for 5 hours or until brisket easily pulls apart. Serve on tortillas of your choice with fresh cilantro, coijta cheese, and red onions. Toppings are completely up to your taste buds.
- To cook in a crock pot. Simply add everything to the crock pot. Bring to a low boil in on high heat and then turn to low and cook overnight.
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