Carnitas

1
cindy sandberg

By
@cindyLs

Crispy,juicy roasted pork chunks. Great on tacos, for fajitas or eaten atop rice. So good! Authentic carnitas are usually made with pork shoulder(or butt), but I like to use a loin roast. It's much leaner and when I cook them with this method, they're NEVER dry and they have tons of flavor even without the extra fat.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
8
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
3 Hr 30 Min

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp
    oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    coarse salt(or slightly less table salt)
  • 3-4 lb
    pork roast, cut into 4-5inch. chunks
  • ·
    juice of one orange(optional)
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp
    cumin
  • 2 Tbsp
    dried cilantro(or 1/4c fresh, minced)
  • ·
    ground pepper to taste
  • 1
    medium onion, cut in wedges

How to Make Carnitas

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Heat the oil in a large dutch oven or heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Rub the chunks of meat all over with salt. Place the chunks of meat in the hot oil, then squeeze the juice of the orange over the meat. Brown well on all sides. This will take several minutes per side. Don't skip this step, or they will NOT turn out as well!
  3. Remove the meat to a platter and pour about a cup of water into the pot to deglaze, scraping up the browned bits off the bottom and stirring into the liquid. Remove from heat. Return the meat to the pot and sprinkle all of the seasonings on top.
  4. Carefully pour water into the pot(without washing all the spices off the meat) until a little over halfway up the sides of the meat. Stick the onion wedges in amongst the meat chunks.
  5. Pop it in the oven and roast, uncovered for about three hours. If meat starts looking too dry, you can occasionally baste with the juices. After about 3 hrs. remove the pot from the oven and using a fork, break the meat down into smaller, bite-sized chunks. Stir into the juices. At this point if there is more than about 1/2 in. of liquid left in the pot, put it over med-high heat and cook and stir until liquid is slightly reduced and meat has crisped up on the edges.

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About Carnitas

Course/Dish: Pork




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