1. Generously season the pork all over with salt and pepper. 2. Melt the lard in a large, deep saucepan or Dutch oven over moderate heat. Add the well-seasoned meat and simmer, uncovered, over medium low heat for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until fork tender. Remove the pork with a slotted spoon and transfer to a cutting board. The fat can be refrigerated for future use. 3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 4. When cool enough to handle, shred the pork by hand or with the tines of two forks. In a mixing bowl, toss the pork with the onion, cilantro, and chiles to combine. Transfer to a casserole, cover tightly, and bake, until heated through, about 15 minutes. Serve hot with the mashed avocado, corn tortillas, and Green Tomatillo Salsa. **Pork chunks slowly simmered in fat develop a heightened pork flavor and silky, smooth texture. Carnitas are delicious in tacos or burritos, with spicy salsa and the Pickled Onions described earlier in this chapter to offset their essential richness.
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