Easy Pork Carnitas

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]

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (5 pound) boneless pork shoulder

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon safflower oil


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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

278 Calories
14g Fat
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 93mg 4%
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 466mg 10%

* 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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