Authentic Pork Carnitas – Mexican Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Recipe | Yummly

Authentic Pork Carnitas – Mexican Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

Jennifer Collis: "A labor of love. I chose to cook the pork in a cr…" Read More
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  • 4 pounds pork butt (boneless, fat trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 onion (peeled and halved)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Orange (medium, juiced and keep the spent halves)
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium67% DV1600mg
    Fat77% DV50g
    Protein153% DV78g
    Carbs4% DV11g
    Fiber12% DV3g
    Calories810Calories from Fat450
    Total Fat50g77%
    Saturated Fat18g90%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat450
    Total Carbohydrate11g4%
    Dietary Fiber3g12%
    Vitamin A4%
    Vitamin C60%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Jennifer Collis 2 months ago
    A labor of love. I chose to cook the pork in a crockpot for 7 hours. It did take a while for the liquid to boil down to a cup But well worth the wait! Served on corn tortillas with onions, cilantro and lime Delicious!!
    Aaron Cooper 2 months ago
    Excellent base recipe! Garlic was a must for us so we added about three cloves worth as well as doubled all other spices! The broiling at the end is a stroke of genius!
    Jesse Gomes 3 months ago
    Turned out well. Easy to follow recipe. Tasty but subtle (and I over-seasoned). If you eat it taco-style minimal toppings are best so the flavor isn’t list
    A.May 3 months ago
    This turned out so perfectly! It will definitely be my go to recipe for cooking carnitas.
    Jodi B. 5 months ago
    It was meh. I've definitely had better. Lot's of work for not a lot of flavor. Won't make again. Oh well.
    Eric R. a year ago
    Delicious will definitely make this again
    Shannon Kelly a year ago
    Turned out delicious! Great recipe.
    Bolton a year ago
    Fine. Needs some extra spices. It was a lot of time and effort for not much flavor. I used a Crock-Pot and a broiler pan; nearly 8 hours went into making this meal. The instructions were a little confusing for this method and when it was finally done, it was rather bland. It wasn't a bad meal. It just...needed flavor 🤷
    Tom Silkworth a year ago
    Made this twice so far. Once with the browning at the end and once without. If your serving it on a tortilla then yes the browning adds a nice touch and you want it a little dryer anyway. The last time I served it pulled pork style, so I made it wetter by not reducing the sauce as long. I also doubled the acid in the recipe. It got lots of compliments at the party and people were skipping the bottle of bq sauce we placed next to it because the taste is really a hit with this dish!
    Sunshine a year ago
    Excellent ! Great flavor! Wouldn’t change anything
    Fattee 2 years ago
    Great recipe, easy to follow - do not forget the last step it really makes the dish!
    Richard Russell 2 years ago
    Turned out wonderful... one of my favorite pork dishes and definitely best carnitas I have every made. It has become a dish I love to make and love to devour.
    Renée Nantais 2 years ago
    Made in a slow cooker and it turned out amazing! Definitely do not skip the last steps of reducing the cooking liquid and broiling the pork, it really enriched the flavours.
    Red 2 years ago
    Excellent and Easy Used pineapple instead Will definitely cook again
    d j. 2 years ago
    I cooked it in a slow cooker for 6 hours on high and it turned out well.
    Cepulo 2 years ago
    Awesome!! I cooked it in instant pot but still browned it in over after. Came out delicious. 3 rd time making!!
    Steph 2 years ago
    We loved it! I used a hybrid cast iron/crockpot method & replaced the water with chicken stock, then added some green chilies. I did not have to reduce the liquid at the end (it was very thick already) and I had less than a cup of it after removing the meat. I'll add more stock next time for sure, there was barely enough sauce for half of the meat.
    Richie 2 years ago
    The recipe is simple and delicious. Try slow smoking the pork for a extra kick of flavor.
    Nancy C. 2 years ago
    This recipe was delicious. I added some minced garlic. My family loved it
    Michelle Vanis 3 years ago
    Amazing! Best carnitas recipe ever!
    Carlos Codina 3 years ago
    They were delicious. Used the Dutch oven