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Pork Carnitas

October 14, 2022 • 0 comments

Pork Carnitas
Mexican style shredded pulled pork! Braised pork marinated in orange juice, lime, onion and spices. Slow braised until juicy, tender and delicious. Pork carnitas can be served over rice, in a sandwich, stuffed into taco shells and many other ways.
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  • Servings: 6-8



  1. Season room temperature pork shoulder with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. 
  3. Once the oil is sizzling, brown the outside of the pork shoulder for about 2 minutes per side and set aside.
  4. Using a fork, mash together the spice rub ingredients into a thick paste. Rub paste all over pork and place in crock-pot.
  5. Add orange juice, lime, bay leaf and chopped onion to the crock pot. Pour liquid slow and gently over the pork so the rub stays in place. 
  6. Cook in a crock-pot on high for 5-6 hours or low 8-10 hours. 
  7. Remove the pork and shred with 2 forks. 
  8. Serve in tortillas and add your favorite toppings. 

Spice Paste

  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika 
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Cilantro Lime Cream Sauce

  • 1/4 cup A2/A2 greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Lime juice
  • Dashes of salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, chili powders


Lay out pork for 30-45 minutes prior to searing. 

Fry corn tortillas for a crispy shell.

Fresh squeezed citrus will be the most flavorful.


Traditionally, pork carnitas are served with onion and cilantro but other toppings are delicious too!

**Topping suggestions- shredded cheese, onion, tomato, avocado, cilantro, sour cream, cilantro lime cream sauce.