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Stovetop Carnitas

Stovetop Carnitas
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 2 hr 45 min
  • Servings 12

This easy stovetop carnitas recipe skips the lard (the traditional way to make carnitas) in favor of vegetable oil and water for a crazy-delicious Dutch-oven dinner. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

Carnitas

1/4
cup vegetable oil
1
package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ original taco seasoning mix
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1
teaspoon ground coriander
1
teaspoon salt
3- to 4-lb boneless pork shoulder, trimmed, cut in 2- to 3-inch pieces
2
cups chopped yellow onions
6
cloves garlic, peeled
2
cups water
1/4
cup orange juice
2
tablespoons lime juice

Tortillas and Toppings, as desired

Old El Paso™ flour tortillas, sliced radishes, diced red onion, queso fresco cheese and fresh cilantro leaves

Steps

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  • 1
    In large bowl, mix vegetable oil, taco seasoning mix, cumin, coriander and salt. Add pork, and toss to coat; pour into 5-quart Dutch oven. Place onions and garlic on top of pork. Pour in water, orange juice and lime juice. Heat to boiling over high heat. Stir; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer uncovered 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until pork is tender.
  • 2
    Increase heat to medium; cook, stirring frequently and pressing on pork with spatula to shred meat, 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce thickens and pork is coated in cooking liquid. Serve in tortillas with toppings.

Expert Tips

  • Remove as much fat as possible from the pork to avoid a fatty sauce.
  • Leftover carnitas are great in bowls, too! Heat and serve over rice, quinoa or couscous with your favorite fresh veggies.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
350
Calories from Fat
180
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
30%
Saturated Fat
6g
29%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
70mg
23%
Sodium
600mg
25%
Potassium
360mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
17g
6%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
2g
Protein
25g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Your search for the best easy carnitas recipe ends here. If you’re a fan of Mexican food (and really, who isn’t?) this is definitely a recipe you should know about. And we’ll let you in on a little secret: if you can make pulled pork in a slow cooker, you can make carnitas. Put it in tacos or burritos, or just serve it over rice for the easiest bowl ever.

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