I think I’ve told y’all that I grew up in Florida? That only matters in the fact, that depending on what part of the state you’re in, there’s a heavy Cuban influence. In my opinion, that means some of the best food too!
I could have just as easily made this into the typical Medianoches – a Cuban sandwich – midnight snack – whatever you wanna call it. I could have. But, I wanted something a little different. The idea of eating it like a taco was appealing to me – so I went with it! I’m so glad I did, too! I’m convinced if Mexican food and Cuban food had a baby, it’d look something like this! 😉
Personal preference here, but I like to double up on the corn tortillas. You can use one if you’d like. If you have a gas stove, I highly recommend heating them up over the open flame – just keep an eye on it (for obvious reasons!) I love the flavor of the corn tortillas cooked this way! You can also heat them on a comal or dry skillet …. or even slightly fry them in oil. Do what you like best! There’s no wrong way that I know of!
Cuban Medianoches Tacos
Yield: 8-10 servings
For the Cuban pork roast:
2-3 lb. pork roast
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. oregano
½ tsp. whole black peppercorns
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup orange juice
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1-2 serrano peppers, seeded and minced
For the tacos:
1 lb. deli ham, thinly sliced
Dill pickle slices
Shredded Cuban pork roast
6-8 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
Rub the roast with cumin, salt and oregano. Place the roast in a slow cooker. Add the peppercorns and garlic to the top. Pour the orange juice around the roast. Place lemon & lime slices and the serrano peppers on and around the roast. Cook on low for 8-9 hours or on high for 4-5 hours – or until the pork shreds easily. Discard the lemon and lime slices. Shred the pork. Return to the slow cooker with the juices and keep warm.
Heat the corn tortillas using your favorite method. Layer a few slices of the deli ham, a squirt of the yellow mustard, dill pickle slices, a bit of the Cuban pork roast and shredded Swiss cheese on top. Enjoy!
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