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Tacos de Carnitas a la Alemana

German pork tacos with Salsa Roja

Berlin, 28.02.2016

There are different styles of making Carnitas, the most popular is named after the State where this food was created: "Carnitas Estilo Michoacan".

The literal translation of carnitas is "little meats" and the dish itself is nothing but Pork parts (usually all of them) braised in the own Pork´s fat for hours. Not exactly the vegan kind of food.

Usually, my family would buy a kilo of mixed Carnitas; this is different parts of the pork chopped together. People decide which part or parts of the pork they want. On the table, you will always find chopped onion, coriander, salt and, at least, two salsas (usually red- and green- tomato sauce). 

I missed a lot this incredible flavor, mainly on weekends but I will not make carnitas at home. Nevertheless, as I went the other day to the butcher shop, I realize that Germans have something kind of similar, at least, something I can eat like carnitas, it is called "Schweinebraten." 

Even when this German dish is (obviously) cooked in a different way, this is also pork, the part with the skin so quite fatty. I bought two slices of it and brought them home. The girl who sold me that looked me very strange when I said I did not want bread nor mustard, this is how Germans would eat it.

When I got home, I just needed onion, coriander, salsa roja and warm corn tortillas (remember: a taco can only be corn tortilla otherwise is burrito or quesadilla).  In this post you will find the recipe for the salsa roja I used that day, the tacos were very nice, nothing compared to the original ones but an easy yet tasty option to eat tacos de carnitas German style.



Tacos de Carnitas a la Alemana
  • 1 Portion    roast pork
  • 4    corn tortillas
  • oder Zitronensaft    lime juice
  • (optional)    onion
  • (optional)    coriander

Salsa Roja
  • 3    tomatoes
  • 1    onion
  • 1 Zehe    garlic
  • 3 Schoten    chili guajillo
  •    salt
  •    pepper
  • zum Anbraten    oil

Glutenfrei Laktosefrei Milcheiweisfrei Vegan Vegetarisch


Tacos de Carnitas a la Alemana
  1. Den Schweinebraten in kleine Stücke zerhacken
  2. Etwas Salz und Pfeffer zugeben
  3. Mais-Tortillas in einer frischen Pfanne erwärmen
  4. Koriander und Zwiebel getrennt kleinhacken und aufheben
  5. Schweinebraten auf die Tacos geben, mit Soße übergießen, zusammenrollen
  6. Servieren und nach Geschmack mit Zwiebel, Koriander und Zitronen- oder Limettensaft garnieren
Salsa Roja
  1. Heat up some olive oil in a pan
  2. Add the whole tomatoes, Onion (cutted in big dices) and a garli clove into the pan and broil for around 10 mins.
  3. Meanwhile remove the stems, seeds and veins from the guajillo peppers
  4. Broil the guajillo peppers in a pot or saucepan. Move constantly so they dont burn.
  5. When the guajillo pepers change their color add them into a mixer with the other ingredients.
  6. Mix all ingredients, bring the sauce back to the saucepan and season to taste.
  7. Let it cook until it boils and turn heat off.
  8. Salsa is ready