Quinoa-Nopal Carnitas

Quinoa-Nopal Carnitas

Serves: 6 to 8

Ingredients

Nopal Salad Mix
14 oz Los Altos Queso Cotija, crumbled
10 oz Nopales, cactus paddle, ½ inch diced with needles removed
Juice from ½ lime
2 Ears of roasted corn, (8oz cooked corn)
2 Avocados, 1 inch diced
8 oz Tomatoes, ½ in diced
½ cup Cilantro, finely chopped
4 cups Quinoa, cooked  (see below)
2 lbs Carnitas, braised  (see below)

 

Quinoa
2 cups Red Inca Quinoa
4 cups Chicken stock
1 Onion, rough chop
2 Garlic cloves
4 T Butter
2 T Olive oil
1 sprig Thyme
1 sprig Rosemary
1 Bay leaf
Salt to taste

Pork Carnitas
2 lbs Pork shoulder bone in, cut into large chunks about 3 inch cubes
4 Onions, rough chopped
10 Garlic cloves, rough chopped
1 lb+ Manteca, enough to cover in simmering pot
1 sprig Rosemary
½ bu Thyme
5 Bay leaves
2 T Salt
1 T Black peppercorns, coarsely ground
2 T Chicken base powder, Knorr Suiza