Crispy Carnitas


There's nothing like carnitas. Cubes of fragrantly spiced pork are slowly cooked in lard until they're crispy on the outside while at the same time remaining soft and succulent inside. Bust some up on a warm tortilla, drizzle with braising liquid, top with a little salsa, onion, and cilantro, and you're probably enjoying the world's best taco.

Recipe From

Provided by Chef John

Time 3h55m

Yield 6

Categories Main Dish Recipes,Pork,Pulled Pork Recipes


  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  • Remove fat from pork; cut pork meat into 2-inch cubes and roughly chop fat.
  • Mix pork, garlic, olive oil, orange peel, orange juice, salt, bay leaves, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, and 5-spice powder together in a bowl until pork is coated completely. Transfer mixture to a 9x13-inch baking dish. Place baking dish on a baking sheet and cover baking dish tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until pork is fork-tender, about 3 1/2 hours.
  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.
  • Transfer meat to a colander set over a bowl. Remove garlic, bay leaves, and orange peels from baking dish and pour accumulated juices from the baking dish over meat in colander into the bowl. Return meat to the baking dish and drizzle accumulated juices over each piece of meat.
  • Cook meat under the preheated broiler for 3 minutes. Drizzle more accumulated juices over meat and continue broiling until crispy, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer pork to a serving plate and drizzle more accumulated juices over the top.

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Number Of Ingredients: 10


  • 3 pounds boneless pork butt (shoulder)
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 orange, juiced, orange parts of peel removed and sliced into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 bay leaves, torn in half
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder


Sous vide crispy carnitas are scrumptious, super juicy, caramelized, crispy, easy Mexican-style pulled pork made in a water bath overnight! Garnish with green onions, if desired.

Recipe From

Provided by Culinary Envy

Time 12h45m

Yield 10

Categories World Cuisine Recipes,Latin American,Mexican


  • Combine 2 tablespoons salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, oregano, and black pepper in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Place pork pieces into a large bowl. Rub spice mixture evenly over the pork, pressing until it adheres. Add in onion, garlic, cinnamon stick, and bay leaves.
  • Squeeze orange juice into the bowl with the pork and toss in the juiced orange pieces as well; toss to combine.
  • Place pork mixture into a sous vide-safe vacuum sealer bag. Seal bag and immerse in a heat-proof container of water with a sous vide cooker. Set temperature to 165 degrees F (74 degrees C) and add the ping pong balls on top. Cook, occasionally re-adding water as it evaporates, 12 to 24 hours.
  • Remove pork carefully from the water bath and transfer contents into a large bowl. Pick out the chunks of meat with tongs and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Discard everything else left in the bowl. Let pork cool briefly. Shred using 2 forks or your fingers and spread evenly over the baking sheet. Season with salt.
  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Place pork under the broiler and cook, flipping halfway through, until fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn.
  • Place tomatoes and green chiles in a food processor and blend until pureed. Pour into a saucepan; add chicken stock, rice, butter, chili powder, cumin, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until Spanish rice is tender, about 25 minutes.

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Number Of Ingredients: 25


  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch-thick slabs
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 8 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 orange, quartered
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked white rice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder


Carnitas are a truly amazing one-pot dish. After some time and TLC, you'll watch the meat go from simmering to frying, leaving you with tender chunks and crisps bites of pork - the perfect filling for a taco. We love the combo of pickled onions, sour cream and avocado for toppings.

Recipe From

Provided by Food Network Kitchen

Time 2h30m

Yield 8 to 10 servings

Categories main-dish


  • Toss the pork with 2 teaspoons of salt. Transfer to a 6- to 7-quart Dutch oven or pot along with the oil, oregano, red pepper, cloves, garlic, bay leaves, lime juice, orange peel and onion. Cover with 4 to 5 cups of water. Bring to a high simmer, then reduce the heat to low, partially cover the pot and simmer gently, checking occasionally to give it a stir, until the pork is tender and just beginning to fall apart, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Fish out the bay leaves and orange peel. (The pork will not look super-attractive at this point but don't panic!)
  • Remove the lid and increase the heat to medium-high. Simmer vigorously, stirring frequently, until all of the water has evaporated, leaving only the oil, and the pork has browned and begun to fry slightly at the bottom of the pot; continue to cook, scraping up the bottom of the pot frequently to release the fried bits, 30 to 40 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the pork from any remaining oil in the pot.
  • Serve with tortillas and suggested toppings to make tacos.

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Number Of Ingredients: 13


  • 3 pounds fatty boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil or lard
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • Large pinch crushed red pepper
  • Small pinch ground cloves
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Two 3-inch strips orange peel
  • 1/2 small white onion, finely chopped
  • Soft corn tortillas, for serving
  • Suggested toppings: sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, pickled onions, chopped avocado and pico de gallo

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