Oven-Fried Pork Carnitas with Guacamole and Orange Salsa
Chef Richard Sandoval first tasted the moist, creamy, slightly sweet Spanish Requeson cheese used here during childhood trips to the market with his grandmother. In the U.S., Requeson is sold at Latin markets and some supermarkets. If you can't find it, substitute fresh whole-milk ricotta. Plus: More Pork Recipes
The recipe can be prepared through Step 3 and refrigerated overnight. Reheat the carnitas in a 325° oven.
Tamarind concentrate is used in Latin and South Asian dishes to add a slightly sweet and sour flavor. It is available at most Latin and Indian markets.
The habaneros that add spice to this recipe are short, squat, orange chiles that are lightly fruity in flavor and extremely hot—at least two times hotter than jalapeños. If you prefer less heat, you can substitute a milder chile or serve your favorite hot sauce on the side.