“Happy Food” – Carnitas, Cerda Style

“Happy Food” was coined by my Mexican uncle and family as a name for carnitas.  This is comfort food to my family – a more delicious take on a classic taco night.  On this particular evening, we made ours with chicken instead of pork (we tend to mix up the meat depending on what we have on hand.  We’ve used everything from pork tenderloin to flank steak and grilled chicken breast).  Yum.  My mouth is officially watering.

So dig in and build yourself some “happy food”

  • Corn tortillas (warmed on a griddle)
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1.5 lbs. meat (grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, beef flank steak, shrimp)  We like to rub ours down with this before grilling.
  • 1 c. cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Haas avocado, sliced
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 c. shredded Gouda
  • 1/2 c. red onion, chopped
  • Course sea salt

Grill the meat and slice.  Build carnitas one at a time table side.  Might I suggest building in this order: beans, cheese, meat, avocado (more or less beside the meat), red onion, cilantro, salt, and finish with lime juice.  Perfection!

Got leftovers?  I like these again the next day, but I usually mix it up by throwing everything on a big ‘ole bed of greens and subbing black beans for the refried ones.

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2 thoughts on ““Happy Food” – Carnitas, Cerda Style

  1. This would make me happy!

  2. Mmm… this is the epitome of happy food in our house too!!

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