When did “Taco Tuesday” become a thing? Well, according to sources on the internet, we can thank New Jersey’s Gregory’s Restaurant & Bar, in 1982, Wyoming’s Taco John’s, in 1989, and more recently, LeBron James’ Instagram posts about his weekly dinner habits, and the amazing thing is that all three sought to trademark the term, “Taco Tuesday”.
How silly is that?
Tacos have been known to make an appearance on my dinner table more often than just one day a week. I could make tacos for dinner every day for a month and never have a repeat recipe!
Tonight, it’s quick carnitas. Classic Mexican carnitas recipe requires simmering pork for several hours, until the pork is tender and shreds easily. My method is much quicker and better suited for making dinner in a hurry. I use country-style ribs, which, surprisingly do not contain bones and are not actually meat from the rib. Country-style ribs come from the fatty, muscular portion of the shoulder, which gives them a good amount of marbling, making them well suited to fast or slow cooking.
I sear the pork on all sides, in a hot pan, in a little oil. I remove the meat and cut it into tiny pieces and return the pieces to the pan. I add some chopped white onion, cumin, red chili powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and a pinch of oregano and then mix everything together. I cover the pan with a lid and simmer at low heat for about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
As with any dinnertime meal, I like to be efficient while preparing everything, so I start cooking the potatoes in hot oil at the same time I start cooking the pork.
I roast a few jalapeños over the gas burner on the stovetop.
I chop some lettuce, tomatoes, and green onions while the pork and potatoes cook. I arrange the vegetables on a serving tray, along with some cooked corn, sour cream and salsa.
I steam the flour tortillas, just before the pork is ready.
Expect cooking time, including preparation, to be 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Just for fun, anyone who played Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, way back in the 1970’s and 1980’s might appreciate THACO Thursdays. That’s a very obscure reference, so don’t feel bad if you don’t get it.