Carnitas Steamed Buns Recipe

Carnitas Steamed Buns Recipe

How To Make Carnitas Steamed Buns

A soft bite of fluffy carnitas steamed buns is loaded with slow-cooked pulled apart pork, bursting in sweet, savory, and spicy flavors.

Preparation: 1 hour
Cooking: 4 hours 15 minutes
Total: 5 hours 15 minutes



  • 1tbspchili powder
  • 2tspcumin
  • 2tspdried oregano
  • 2tspsalt
  • 1tsppepper
  • 3lbpork shoulder
  • 1medium onion,roughly chopped
  • 2jalapeños,roughly chopped
  • ¼cuplime juice
  • ½cuporange juice
  • 5garlic cloves

For Steamed Buns:

  • 1tbspinstant dry yeast
  • 2tbspsugar
  • 1cupwarm water
  • 3cupsflour
  • 1tspsalt
  • 1tspbaking powder


Slow Cooker Carnitas:

  1. Combine the chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper in a bowl and rub all over the pork shoulder.

  2. Place the onions and jalapeños in the slow cooker, followed by pork shoulder on top. Then, add the lime juice, orange juice, and garlic cloves.

  3. Cover and cook on Low for about 8 hours or High for 4 hours.


  1. Combine the instant yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl, then dissolve. Let it proof and activate for about 5 minutes or until bubbly or foamy.

  2. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Add the yeast mix to the dry ingredients, then knead to form a ball of dough.

  3. Place ball of dough into a greased bowl, cover, and proof dough for about 1 hour or until double in size.

  4. Punch down the dough, roll out, and cut into golf ball-sized pieces. Cover and rest the golf ball-sized dough balls for about 15 minutes.

  5. When slow cooker carnitas are done, pull apart with a fork and transfer to a separate bowl. Keep the juices in the slow cooker and use it for a dipping sauce later.

  6. Prepare the steamer over high heat.

  7. Flatten each dough ball, then add about a tablespoon of pulled carnitas to the center and pull the sides of the dough around the filling.

  8. Place seam side down on a piece of parchment paper. Steam for about 15 minutes.

  9. Serve with the slow cooker juices as a dipping sauce, and enjoy!*

Recipe Notes

*If the dipping sauce has too much fat, skim the fat.


  • Calories: 491.08kcal
  • Fat: 25.22g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.61g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 11.08g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.87g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.13g
  • Fiber: 2.16g
  • Sugar: 4.41g
  • Protein: 28.32g
  • Cholesterol: 96.62mg
  • Sodium: 550.90mg
  • Calcium: 80.08mg
  • Potassium: 553.08mg
  • Iron: 2.55mg
  • Vitamin A: 17.98µg
  • Vitamin C: 13.62mg
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