KO Carnitas

Super simple
Super simple
Super simple
Super simple
1:00 h

These are our incredible KO Carnitas! Mexico's answer to pulled pork - we of course make ours with king oyster mushrooms to keep it all lovely and plant-based for you folks. Guaranteed to satisfy that Mexican food craving you've been having all week - this spicy taco classic is seasoned with authentic ancho chilli paste and really packs a proper wallop.

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For the KO carnitas

<item-todo-done>500g king oyster mushrooms<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 litre boiling water<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>3 tbsp Ancho chilli paste<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 tsp salt<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp dried oregano<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp ground cumin<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>¼ tsp chilli powder<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> pinch of black pepper<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 orange<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp brown sugar<item-todo-done>

To serve

<item-todo-done> mini tortilla wraps<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 spring onions<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 limes<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> pickled red onion<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> sliced red chillies<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> guacamole<item-todo-done>

Before you start

Saucepan | Preheat oven to 200˚C, fan setting | Roasting tray lined with parchment | Small bowl

Prepare and infuse the mushrooms

  • Cut the caps off the mushrooms, halve the caps.
  • Rip the mushroom stems into 1cm thick strands.
  • Get 1 litre of water bubbling on the stove over high heat, add 2 tbsp ancho chilli paste and 1 tsp salt and stir to combine.
  • Add the mushrooms to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Drain the mushrooms with a colander into a bowl, reserving the cooking stock for later.
  • Transfer the mushrooms to the roasting tray.

Season and roast the mushrooms

  • Add the remaining salt, oregano, cumin, chilli powder and pepper to a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Sprinkle the mixture over the infused mushrooms along with a ladleful of the reserved stock and massage into the mushrooms.
  • Halve the orange and squeeze the juice over the mushrooms, catching any pips in your free hand.
  • Put the tray in the oven and roast for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Meanwhile, reduce the cooking stock

  • Return the reserved mushroom cooking stock to the pan over a medium heat with the brown sugar and remaining tablespoon of ancho chilli paste.
  • Reduce down until you have about a ladleful of stock left, scraping off any stuck bits of thancho chilli paste off the base of the pan with a wooden spoon to capture the flavour.

Time to serve

  • Trim and finely slice the spring onions.
  • Cook the tortilla wraps according to packet instructions.
  • Add another squeeze of orange juice, lime juice and the reduced cooking stock over the roasted mushrooms, and mix well to combine.
  • Top each wrap with a big pile of the guacamole and mushrooms.
  • Garnish with spring onions, sliced red chillies, pickled red onions, a final squeeze of lime and serve.
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