15 Homemade Carnitas

What should I make for dinner tonight? This might just be the number one question that we ask ourselves almost daily over here.

Then you have come to the right place, we have rounded up 15 homemade carnitas that we have shared over the years.

Plus, there is such a variety of flavours in these recipes, so you are sure to find something for you. Most of these recipes are quick and easy ones made especially for busy weeknights.

15 Homemade Carnitas

Pork Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork)

Pork Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork)

10 hr 10 min
Boneless pork butt, orange juice, mexican coke, garlic, bay leaves
Cafe Delites
Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork)

Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork)

6 hr 15 min
Lb pork shoulder, orange, jalapeno, olive oil, garlic
RecipeTin Eats
Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas

10 hr 15 min
Boneless pork shoulder, ribs, orange, olive oil, garlic
Food Network
Easy Carnitas Recipe

Easy Carnitas Recipe

4 hr 5 min
Instant pot, pork shoulder, lime juice, chili powder, sea salt
Isabel Eats
Easy Carnitas Recipe

Easy Carnitas Recipe

3 hr 45 min
Pork shoulder roast, dutch oven, chicken broth, lime juice, garlic
Baking Mischief
Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

6 hr 10 min
Boneless pork roast, adobo sauce, garlic, chili powder, chicken stock
Gimme Some Oven
Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas

3 hr 45 min
Pork shoulder, chicken broth, lime juice, garlic, chili powder
Carnitas (Slow Cooker Recipe)

Carnitas (Slow Cooker Recipe)

6 hr 15 min
Pork shoulder, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, chili powder
Kristine’s Kitchen
Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas

Boneless pork shoulder, sour cream, avocado, orange, queso fresco
No reviews
The Mom 100
Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork)

Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork)

8 hr 40 min
Pork shoulder blade, chicken broth, adobo sauce, sazon, adobo seasoning
Pork Carnitas (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

Pork Carnitas (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

2 hr 20 min
Pork shoulder roast, brown sugar, chipotle peppers, chili powder, chicken stock
A Little and A Lot
Authentic Mexican Carnitas Recipe

Authentic Mexican Carnitas Recipe

7 hr 15 min
Lb pork shoulder, orange juice, olive oil
How To Cook.Recipes
Tacos de Carnitas

Tacos de Carnitas

2 hr 30 min
Pork shoulder, corn tortillas, salsa, red pepper flakes, orange zest
NYT Cooking – The New York Times
Easy Pork Carnitas

Easy Pork Carnitas

30 min
Pound pork tenderloin, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, chili powder
Damn Delicious
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

5 hr 10 min
Pork shoulder roast, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, chili powder
The Recipe Critic

What cut of meat is best for carnitas?

pork shoulder

What do you put on carnitas?

What Toppings Go on Carnitas Tacos?

  1. finely chopped raw white onion or red onion.
  2. thinly sliced jalapeno.
  3. shredded cabbage.
  4. chopped fresh cilantro.
  5. crumbled cotija or shredded jack cheese.
  6. lime wedges (Squeeze fresh lime juice right over the top of your tacos for that citrusy zing!)
  7. Mexican crema or sour cream.
  8. Guacamole.

Why do you add milk to carnitas?

The milk acts as a tenderizer, a secret I learned while growing up watching dad make his carnitas which, by the way, were always exceptionally tender. The beer gives the pork another layer of flavor, while the cinnamon, which pairs so well with pork, adds warm, earthy tones.

Are carnitas chopped or shredded?

Carnitas is basically shredded or pulled pork. Or in this case, it’s pork cut up in small pieces because we want it done quickly, and we wanted done now! The pork is marinated or braised with seasonings, and the result is tender, juicy, flavorful shreds of – or small chunks – of meat!

What is the difference between pulled pork and carnitas?

Pulled pork is meat from a pig (typically from the shoulder region) that has been slow-cooked until it’s easy enough to shred, whereas carnitas (meaning “little meats”) is a version of pulled pork that’s often fixed with Mexican spices (or simply salt).

How are carnitas made?

“Carnitas are cubes of fragrantly spiced pork slowly cooked in lard until they’re crispy on the outside while at the same time remaining soft and succulent inside,” says Chef John. Add some to warm tortillas, drizzle with a little braising liquid, and top with salsa, chopped onions, and cilantro.

What side dish goes with carnitas?

What to serve with your pork carnitas:

  • Air Fryer Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Lime Butter Sauce. …
  • This simple 3 Bean Avocado Corn Salad is a dip or a salad that is certainly a way to eat the rainbow. …
  • Sweet Potato Nachos with Avocado Crema. …
  • Jiffy Cornbread Casserole with Honey. …
  • Mango Avocado Salsa. …
  • Healthy Guacamole Recipe.

What goes good with carnitas tacos?

What to serve with tacos de carnitas

  • Spicy Mexican Rice.
  • Loaded Food Truck Mexican Nacho Fries.
  • Lightened Up Mexican Corn Dip with Avocado and Jalapeño.
  • Creamy Avocado Sauce.

What temperature do you cook carnitas at?

Oil Key Temps

Carnitas aren’t the same without the crispy browned bits. After cooking and resting, the pork is shredded, then traditionally deep-fried (cooked in oil 350-375°F [177-191°C]) until crisp and golden. The method below crisps the meat without it cooking in oil twice.

Why do people add Coke to carnitas?

Coca-Cola with meat you say? Insanity? Well, actually, the classic soda is a famous ingredient for braising big cuts of meat. Here, the sugary drink tenderizes pork shoulder, and classic carnitas spices like chili powder, cumin, and oregano add balance.

Can you reuse lard from carnitas?

(You can refrigerate the lard to use for another round of carnitas, to season beans or fry potatoes or the like.)

What is Al Pastor Mexican?

What is Al Pastor? Al Pastor is a traditional Mexican dish made with seasoned and marinated pork. The name translates to “Shephard Style,” which is derived from the origin of the cooking method. Although al pastor is a Mexican meat, the style of cooking is an original of the Lebanese.

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