Beef Essentials: Unique Carnitas Tart

Andy Anderson !


There is probably a good reason why you may have never heard of a carnitas tart. It is pretty much because I am making it up as I go along. It is called, Mad Scientist at work.

As Spring slowly gives way to Summer, I find myself making new dishes for Summer events that I cater, and working on new recipes for the Autumn. This is what I would define as a Summer/Autumn recipe.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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15 Min
30 Min



  • 1
    piecrust dough recipe, more on this later
  • 10 - 12 oz
    carnitas meat with sauce, more on this later
  • 3 - 4 slice
    swiss cheese
  • 4 - 5 oz
    refried beans
  • 2 oz
    sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
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    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

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    oil or butter
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    sour cream, for serving
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    salsa, your favorite, for serving
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    white rice, for serving

How to Make Beef Essentials: Unique Carnitas Tart


  2. You will notice that I am rather light on the spices. That is because the carnitas beef recipe I am using is well spiced. If you are using some bland shredded beef, you will need to load up on the spices, like: cumin, cayenne, paprika, etc. Here is the carnitas shredded beef recipe that I used:
    Mexican Essentials: Spicy Carnitas Beef
  3. I experimented with several types of crust. What I was going for was something flaky, buttery, and that melts in your mouth. In the end, I went back to my Cordon Bleu roots, and made a Pâte Brisée crust… perfect.
    You can use any piecrust dough you desire; even store-bought. However, if you are looking for a Pâte Brisée recipe, here is mine:
    Pate Brisee Hors d'oeuvre Cups
  4. You will need an ovenproof tart pan (ceramic or metal), or similar container. I picked mine up at Williams-Sonoma (I am a big fan of Bill’s). It measures 9-inches (23cm) in diameter.
  5. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  6. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 450f (230c).
  7. Oil or butter your tart pan.
  8. Roll out your piecrust of choice, on a lightly-floured surface.
  9. Add the bottom pie crust to the tart pan.
  10. Use a fork to poke holes in the bottom of the dough.
  11. Chef’s Note: Poking holes in the dough is called docking, and will keep the dough from rising as it cooks.
  12. Place in the preheated oven, and bake until it begins to brown, about 6 – 8 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  14. Add the Swiss cheese to the bottom of the tart.
  15. Cover with the refried beans.
  16. Add the cheese to the carnitas beef, and add to the tart.
  17. Roll out the dough for the top of the tart.
  18. Add to the top, poke a few holes to allow the steam to escape, and brush with a bit of melted butter.
  19. Place into the oven, and bake until the filling is hot, and the crust brown, about 15 – 18 minutes.
  21. Cut into wedges, and serve with some rice, a bit of sour cream, salsa, and a lime wedge. Enjoy.
  22. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Beef Essentials: Unique Carnitas Tart

Course/Dish: Savory Pies
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Soy Free

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