Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas

60 Reviews 5 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    3 h 30 m
  • Ready In

    3 h 45 m
Nette
Recipe by  Nette

“Many find carnitas a little dry or flavorless. These have a great, distinctive flavor and are requested by friends and family over and over. Serve with warm, fresh tortillas and salsa.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 12 servings

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Season the pork shoulder with salt, then arrange the pork in the Dutch oven. Cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, oregano, and cumin. Pour in the chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and continue to simmer until pork is very tender, about 2 1/2 hours.
  3. Transfer the pork shoulder to a large baking sheet, reserving the cooking liquid. Drizzle with a small amount of the reserved cooking liquid and lightly season with salt.
  4. Bake the pork in the preheated oven until browned, about 30 minutes. Drizzle more of the cooking liquid on the meat every 10 minutes, and use two forks to shred the meat as it browns.

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Reviews (60)

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CHIQUITAPLATANO
60

CHIQUITAPLATANO

i havent tried the recipe but if anyone out there wants to make a variation to this recipe, i recently saw a Mexican friend making carnitas (a whole pig) and what he put in for seasoning was coca cola, limes and lemons, laurel leaves, and cooking wine. dont forget the salt and use its own drippings to keep it from being dried out, remember, carnitas werent meant to be diet food.

SarahMaeBe
57

SarahMaeBe

I'm very happy with how our carnitas turned out! I used a tenderloin and substituted a dark beer for the chicken broth. Very tender and flavorful!

jrricht1984
41

jrricht1984

So moist and with great flavor. I never measure just cook by smell, but I upped the garlic, and used the juice of a whole lime. Went a little heavy on the chili powder and cumin, and only salted the meat before browning. Also threw in just a touch of cayenne for good measure. Came out awesome! I used a pork loin, so I just left the meat in the dutch oven and let it work, after about 2 hours it fell apart with just tongs and stirring. Put them in a flour tortilla with tomato, avocado, and a touch of sour creme. Served with beans and elotes made an awesome Mexican night in!

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 250 cal
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 19.1 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs
  • 2.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 16.2 g
  • 32%
  • Cholesterol
  • 62 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium
  • 2072 mg
  • 83%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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