Simple Carnitas


This easy carnitas recipe is the tastiest. Once cooked, the meat can be shredded and mixed with BBQ sauce for incredible pulled pork sandwiches or pan-fried in a little oil until crisp outside.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
3 hrs
2 1/2 pounds


  • 1 (3 1/2) pound boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 2 inch chunks

  • 2 oranges, quartered

  • 1 large white onion, quartered

  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

  • ¼ cup kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Place pork shoulder, oranges, onion, garlic, kosher salt, cumin, black peppercorns, and bay leaves into a large Dutch oven. Add water to cover.

  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Skim off any foam that rises to the top.

  3. Cover loosely and simmer until meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.

  4. Allow pork to cool, covered, in broth for 1 hour.

  5. Shred meat with two forks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

188 Calories
10g Fat
7g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 188
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 2332mg 101%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 20mg 101%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 348mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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