Carnitas Time, Senior Frog

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Man, I love carnitas.

I ate them a TON when my husband and I were stationed in Texas, years past. I mean, what’s better for a day of football than a huge pile of nachos carnitas?

This is an excellent carnitas recipe for a crowd. It doesn’t require much prep, either, which means you see the game and spend more time with you friends.

Pork carnitas is a classic Mexican pulled pork recipe that is just so good. Carnitas can be used in tacos, quesadillas, salads – or eaten by itself.

Carnitas is more of a cooking technique, while pork is the most common meat used in the recipe. Basically, the pork is cooked on low heat for a long time until it is tender. Then it’s torn up into tiny pieces and broiled until the outside is crispy and caramelized.

Carnitas is a great Saturday night college football meal. You start it in the afternoon and in a few hours, you’ll have dinner ready to roll. Magnificent with ice cold beer – or even better, mix up some frosty drinks with a margarita machine – Ole!

If you are seeking to upgrade your next taco night – or try some killer NFL nachos – carnitas is the way to go.

carnitas nachos


3-4 lbs of pork shoulder (boneless)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tsp ancho chile / chipotle chile powder mix
1 tsp cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
3/4 cup orange juice
Water to cover


  1. Pour just enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of a hefty oven ready pan with lid
  2. Warm over moderate high heat
  3. Pre heat oven to 325oF
  4. Cut pork into one inch blocks after trimming excessive fat.
  5. Toss the pork cubes with spices in a bowl.
  6. Brown the pork in the dutch oven.
  7. When the meat is browned, deglaze the pan’s bottom with the orange juice.
  8. Stir to break up the brown bits.
  9. Introduce the meat back in the pan and cover with water until it’s submerged.
  10. Bring to a simmer.
  11. Cover and put back in the oven.
  12. Once the meat, stir gently.
  13. The pork should be prepared about the third hour.
  14. When you’re prepared, sift the pork onto a plate and boil the braising liquid on a stove set at high.
  15. Let the pork cool for a few minutes.
  16. Discard any extra fat or gristle.
  17. Rip the meat into smaller pieces.
  18. Turn your broiler on high and put a rack close to the top
  19. Mix the shredded pork with some of the reduced braise mixture on a sheet pan
  20. Broil the pork for five-ten minutes per side. Wait for it to carmelize.

Time to serve!

Ways To Prepare Carnitas

We enjoy our carnitas on nachos – but there’s no wrong way to eat them.

Some people make enchiladas out of them.

Enchiladas de carnitas with salsa verde
Enchiladas de carnitas with salsa verde

And others like to eat them on tostados.

classic carnitas with corn tortilla
classic carnitas with corn tortilla


Whatever your pleasure – enjoy!

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