Berry Chipotle Braised Walking Tacos

Berry Chipotle Braised Walking Tacos

4-8 hours
36-40
hard

Chipotle Carnitas are easy to make right in your slow cooker. A few spices and Wish Farms berries elevate chipotle carnitas to the stars of your next picnic or game day feast! A special thank you to Food Network star, Emily Ellyn for creating this recipe. 

Ingredients

Carnitas:
  • 3 pound pork butt roast, rinsed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie seasoning
  • 1 (12-ounce) can chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, divided
  • 1 cup Wish Farms raspberries
  • 1 cup Wish Farms blueberries
  • 1 cup small diced Wish Farms strawberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  Berry Salsa:
  • 1 cup Wish Farms blueberries
  • 1 cup small diced Wish Farms strawberries
  • 1 cup Wish Farms raspberries
  • 1 cup small diced tomatoes
  • 1 small sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup small diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 limes, juice and zest
  • 1 orange, juice
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1-2 teaspoons diced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon salt
  Optional Taco Toppings:
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomato
  • Diced onion
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced black olives
  • Diced avocado
 

Directions

Make Carnitas:
  •  Set slow cooker to high.
  • Season the pork roast liberally with salt and pepper. 
  • Heat large saute pan or dutch oven on stovetop over high heat. 
  • Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to pan and heat until sizzles. 
  • Add pork to hot oil and cook on all sides for 3 - 5 minutes. 
  • Move the pork to the slow cooker and add bay leaves, pumpkin pie seasoning, 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from can of chipotle, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and water. 
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  • After cooking time, remove pork from the cooking liquid and shred using two forks. 
Make Berry Salsa:  
  • While carnitas cooks, make berry salsa in a medium-sized mixing bowl. 
  • Gently stir together fresh Wish Farm blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries with tomato, yellow pepper, red onion, cilantro, olive oil juice, juice and zest of the limes, orange juice, honey, taco seasoning, chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, and salt.  Cover and reserve in the refrigerator until ready to assemble tacos.
  • When pork is cooked, skim off the fat layer from the cooking liquid and return the shredded pork to the liquid to soak up the juices.
  • Serve immediately or transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and broil in your oven for 3-5 minutes to crispen up edges.
  Make Walking Tacos: 
  • With scissors, cut tops of chip bags creating a serving vessel full of chips. 
  • Pile 1 - 3 ounces of carnitas meat over chips and top with a scoop of salsa.
  • From there, let  hungry family and friends assemble their own tacos by layering the toppings on top of salsa.