Beer Braised Pork Carnitas Tacos

Karina Alcala


I love tacos from taquerias this recipe is super easy and delicious. Great for a get together or for sunday dinner. Not only is it easy to make but they are full of flavor. Top the tacos with your favorite toppings and enjoy.

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24 Hr


4 Hr


4 lb
pork butt roast or shoulder
3 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
ground cummin
fresh bay leave
2 Tbsp
mexican chili powder
guajillo chiles dryed
chile de arbol dryed
garlic cloves minced
mexican dark beer
yellow onions or white sliced


chopped cilantro
diced white onions
sliced raddishes
salsa red or green
lime wedges

Directions Step-By-Step

Get your meat ready rub with salt, cumin and chili powder all over. Mince your garlic and add to a plastic bag gallon size add bay leaf to bag as well. Zest and squeeze oranges in to bag add pork and make sure to massage juice and garlic all over. Let sit in fridge over night or 24 hours.
Take pork out after 24 hours and pat dry so it can brown. Save marinade juice and set aside. Slice onions and take seeds out of peppers. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees to have it ready. In a pot that can go in oven or you can do this with a roasting pan too. Add some oil about 2 tbs. and brown your meat all over. All you want to do is sear the meat. Take out meat after browning and add peppers and onions saute until soft and you can smell the peppers about 5 minutes or so. Deglaze the pot with beer and add meat back in the pot. Add remaining marinade and bay leaf to pot and put in 350 pre heated oven for about 4 hours. Turning meat every half hour or hour.
Af ter meat is cooked take out and start shredding and set aside. Add peppers and onions to a blender and half the cooking liquid and blend until smooth and pour over shredded pork. The liquid will keep your carnitas moist and add some extra flavor. Toss and taste for seasoning. At this point you can either put meat in fridge for when you need it or. In a skillet add some oil about 1 tbs and start browning your carnitas until golden brown and crispy. Blister your corn tortillas over fire or on a skillet and add some carnitas and your favorite toppings and enjoy. You can also serve with flour tortillas but they are traditionally served with corn tortillas. Don't forget to squeeze some lime over them. Another thing this can be made in a crock pot as well.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pork, Tacos & Burritos
Regional Style: Mexican
Hashtags: #Beer, #tacos, #carnitas