Carnitas Authentic Mexican Recipe

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Carnitas: It's a very popular Mexican dish that consists of braised pork and can be eaten by itself or with tortillas, guacamole and salsa. It is a filling in tacos, taquitos and burritos. The pork is first simmered in boiling oil for a long time to make it really soft and then braised in the oven to make it crispy.

Carnitas Recipe Courtesy of Ann Hazard

Recipe Ingredients:

1 4 - 5 pound Lean boneless pork loin roast, with excess fat removed
1 cup salsa verde
1 Large onion, minced
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tbsp Mexican Seasoning
2 tsp Pepper

Recipe Instructions:

Place pork roast in 9 x 14 pan. Rub garlic into the roast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with salsa verde and onions. Loosely cover the pan with aluminum foil. Bake at 300 degrees for four and a half hours, or until fork tender.Remove roast from oven. Cool until you can touch the meat comfortably. Remove from pan and place on cutting board. Skim fat off pan juices. Using two forks, shred the pork. Remove fat from meat. When all meat is shredded, return it to the pan and mix the pan juices thoroughly into the pork.Return to oven. Cook, uncovered for 30 minutes or until pork is crispy on top. Remove from oven. Turn pork. Return to oven and cook another 20 minutes, until pork is crispy on top and there is almost no liquid left in the pan. Serve as suggested above.


Enjoy this delicious carnitas Mexican recipe!

Type of recipe: Meat
Preparation Time (min): 240
Cook Time (min):
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Product Reviews
Carnitas Mexican Recipe
5 Stars based on 10 Review(s)
San Rafael california
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Still use this recipe
July 5, 2013

I wrote a review in 2010 and I still use this we love it my then boyfriend now husband is still amazed that a "white girl" can cook :-) thanks again
Taste Easy to cook
a waiting game but worth it

Ryan Supeene
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

July 4, 2012

Perfect moist pulled pork and super easy to make!! Excellent for anyone
easy amazing
pulled pork isn't that healthy :P

united states
3 Stars

Ideal Food for a Day!
February 26, 2012

I am nuts about food and always bake and cook every chance that I get! Every Sunday is the ideal day for baking and cooking such. I really made sure that it is nutritious and even mix herbs with it for a unique tang!

5 Stars

Review for Carnitas - Mexican Recipe
May 30, 2010

i had my boyfriends fam over for dinner and they always make fun because i cant cook. I wanted to show them i can and made carnitas and they loved it. Im american and they are mexican so i had to step up my game ....they are amazing cooks :O) it was so good they wanted to know how i did it.. so a big thank you to the one who posted this it helped me alot and the fam loved it. It takes sometiime but worth it

5 Stars

Review for Carnitas - Mexican Recipe
December 14, 2009

Just wanted to make a small correction. Traditional Mexican carnitas are not shredded. They are cubes of pork that are fried in the fat they render. They can also come with the skin or without. The recipe sounds great and can probably be used to make traditional carnitas.

5 Stars

Review for Carnitas - Mexican Recipe
December 11, 2009

This was an excellent recipe. However, I was low on time so I was searching the Internet for other really good carnitas recipes and found one by a lady who did some with lots of good reviews and was super simple and cheap. You might also want to check her out at Otherwise the one on this site was really good. However the ones I tried from that lady's blogs reminded me of home in Guadalajara.

5 Stars

Review for Carnitas - Mexican Recipe
November 18, 2009

This is by far the easiest and most delicious recipe for carnitas I have ever tried. To the last reviewer, the video is not part of the recipe. It's an entirely different method. Just do what's written and you won't be sorry.

5 Stars

Review for Carnitas - Mexican Recipe
September 10, 2009

The carnitas recipe describes the pork being boiled for a long time before braising in the oven; the video, shows the pork being boiled; but your recipe only describes cooking the pork in the oven. So do you boil the pork or don't you? And how long is a long time? I'm in south Florida and finding good carnitas here is as easy as finding snow. Help!

5 Stars

Review for Carnitas - Mexican Recipe
June 22, 2009

The only thing I did different was to add a packet of Goya seasoning to the meat along with the salt and pepper. As soon as this came out of the oven I made tacos with the carnitas, red onion, and cilantro -- Heavenly!!! Gracias for a great and easy recipe (plus, my house smelled fantastic all day long!!!!).

5 Stars

Review for Carnitas - Mexican Recipe
May 9, 2009

This recipe is super easy and very tasty. I added some diced pasilla chilis to the cooking process that I previoiusly roasted and peeled. There are other methods out their, but none easier with great flavor results.

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