Carnitas Filling


Mexican shredded pork filling, use it in tacos, tamales, or burritos.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound boneless pork shoulder

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 onion, cut into 4 wedges

  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 1 celery, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Place pork, garlic, onion, carrot, celery, and tomato in a saucepan. Season with chili powder, salt, cumin, oregano, pepper, and bay leaf; add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer until pork is tender, about two hours. Cool and shred. Use in tacos or tamales.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
10g Fat
6g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 460mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 430mg 9%

* 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.