Tacos with Pork in Green Sauce (Tacos de Cerdo en Salsa Verde)
The acidity of the tomatillos beautifully balances the fat of the pork shoulder in these tacos, so there is no need for lime wedges when serving them. The onion and additional cilantro provide crunch and fragrance.
Makes 15-20 tacos
For the pork in green sauce
1-1⁄2 lb. tomatillos (15 to 18), husked and rinsed
2 serrano or jalapeño chiles, stemmed
1 tsp. cumin seeds
3 allspice berries
1 whole clove
3 medium garlic cloves, peeled
1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
1-1⁄2 tsp. salt, divided
3 lb. pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
For the tacos
15 to 20 6-inch corn tortillas, warmed
chopped white onion, for garnish
chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
Mexican crema or sour cream, for garnish
In a 3-quart saucepan, cover the tomatillos and chiles with cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the vegetables uncovered, turning occasionally, until the tomatillos are tender and khaki-green all over but still intact, about 15 minutes.
Heat the cumin, allspice berries, and clove in a small, dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan or stirring the spices until they are fragrant and the cumin seeds are a few shades darker, about 1 minute.
Put the spices in a blender along with 1 cup of the tomatillo cooking water and blend until the spices are ground. Using a slotted spoon, gently lift the tomatillos and chiles out of the remaining cooking water and put them in the blender along with the garlic, cilantro, and 1⁄2 tsp. salt. Blend until smooth.
Pat the pork dry and season with the remaining 1 tsp. salt.
Heat the oil in a wide, heavy 4- to 5-quart pot over medium-high heat and brown the pork in batches without crowding, turning occasionally, about 8 minutes per batch.
Return all the meat to the pan and add the tomatillo sauce. Bring to a simmer, stirring to coat the meat, then reduce the heat. Simmer the pork, covered, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender and the sauce is thickened, 1-1⁄2 to 2 hours. If necessary, continue to cook uncovered to thicken the sauce. Shred the meat with two forks.
Make the tacos with the tortillas, onion, cilantro, and crema.
Make Ahead Tips
Note: The pork in green sauce will keep chilled 3 days.
From Book Just Tacos: 100 Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
October 5, 2011