Pork Carnitas Recipe

Pork Carnitas Recipe

How To Make Pork Carnitas

This pork carnitas recipe is a mixture of flavors: the hint of sweetness and tanginess from the oranges and lime and from different spices.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 20 minutes



  • 4lbpork buttboneless, or boneless country ribs, fat trimmed and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2tspcanola oilor other vegetable oil
  • tspsalt
  • ¾tsppepper
  • 1tspcuminground
  • 1onionpeeled and quartered
  • 2bay leaves
  • 1tspdried oregano
  • 2tbspfresh lime juice
  • 2cupschicken stock
  • 1orangemedium, quartered and juiced, keep the rinds


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 300 degrees F. Heat a large pot over medium heat, add oil.

  2. Season the meat with salt and pepper and brown it in batches. Transfer the browned meat to a plate.

  3. After all the meat is browned, combine the meat with the rest of the ingredients in the pot, including the orange rinds. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, uncovered.

  4. Once it simmers, cover the pot and transfer it to the oven. Cook until the meat falls apart when prodded with a fork, about 3 hours.

  5. Transfer the meat to a 9×13-inch dish. Degrease the braising liquid by skimming with a large spoon or using a fat separator.

  6. Pour the remaining liquid over the meat. Cover the dish with foil and transfer to the fridge and chill overnight.

  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the dish from the fridge. Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes or until juices are bubbling. Switch the oven to broil.

  8. The meat needs to broil for about 6 to 8 minutes until the top is well browned and slightly crisp. Taste and add additional salt and pepper.

  9. Serve while warm.


  • Calories: 470.76kcal
  • Fat: 30.00g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.16g
  • Trans Fat: 0.27g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 12.92g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.09g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.31g
  • Fiber: 0.86g
  • Sugar: 3.22g
  • Protein: 41.46g
  • Cholesterol: 142.41mg
  • Sodium: 661.44mg
  • Calcium: 55.94mg
  • Potassium: 851.93mg
  • Iron: 3.03mg
  • Vitamin A: 7.83µg
  • Vitamin C: 11.24mg
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