This authentic Mexican pork carnitas recipe takes very little effort and uses only a handful of ingredients. Just the way we make it in Mexico: lots of flavor and no fuss. [Recipe originally submitted to Allrecipes.com.mx]

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Trim excess fat from pork shoulder and cut pork into 2-inch cubes. Season with salt and pepper on all sides.

  • Heat a cast iron braiser over medium-high heat. Pour oil into the pot and brown pork on all sides, about 10 minutes. Cover with the lid.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until pork is crispy on the outside and soft, but fully cooked, on the inside, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

If you are not using a cast iron braiser with a cast iron lid, the cook time will be about 20 minutes longer.

Nutrition Facts

278 calories; protein 36.4g 73% DV; carbohydratesg; fat 13.7g 21% DV; cholesterol 106.9mg 36% DV; sodium 92.7mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition