Switch up the usual taco or burrito routine for sweet potato tacos. I love adding a little spice to heat up my sweet potatoes. I personally think it's the best way to enjoy them. And just like most other Mexican-inspired dishes, you get a lot of freedom to throw in a little of this and that to suite your own taste and dietary preferences. Bonus--it's super healthy!
The smell of carnitas cooking in the home is so good that it always makes me think twice about my vegetarian life. Yep, I'm a vegetarian (I know meat tastes good...it's just a thought thing that I can't get over), but I grew up eating meat off-and-on, and I still cook it pretty regularly in my home for the rest of my family. I'm raising my kids to eat meat because monthly B-12 injections aren't awesome. But back to these carnitas: it takes quite a few ingredients to make at home, but many of us have a handful of them in our pantries already. Other than the ingredients, the recipe is incredibly simple--basically throw it all in a crock pot and wait about six hours! Best part is that no one would guess that you didn't spend all day working in the kitchen on these. For me, this is for sure a go-to meal for gatherings: it makes a lot, people can personalize them, a vegan can swap the meat out for beans, most people love them, and you save a lot of energy making them.
I👏love👏this👏stuff👏. No seriously, I really do. I'm pretty sure it's making my family crazy because I manage to add it as a side in every Mexican dish that I make lately...and we do Mexican night a lot. It tastes sooooo good and tangy, and creamy, and sweet (you can even add some heat to it if you prefer)--and it's just so pretty, too 😍. I love when you see it authentically grilled and served with the husks pulled down. Now, mine is not made or served that way because ain't nobody got time for a grill or house fire (that I feel I would somehow manage by leaving the husks on while cooking). If you do have time to grill--go for it! My version is super simple because you can just pop it right in the oven while you are busy preparing your main dish, and you don't have to be super precise with the amount of time that you are leaving it in there either, so it's less stressful.