Dutch Oven Carnitas

crisping up the carnitas

Dutch Oven Carnitas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Category: Main Dish

Cuisine: Mexican

Yield: 6 servings

Dutch Oven Carnitas

Pork carnitas for a main dish with tortillas, beans and rice or for tacos. Add to your salad. Versatile dish even for breakfast


  • 5 lb. Pork Shoulder Roast
  • 1 TBSP. dried oregano
  • 1 TBSP. ground cumin
  • 4 Cipollini onions, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 small glass bottle original coke
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place pork shoulder in dutch oven
  3. Sprinkle with spices, generously season with salt and pepper
  4. Add lime juice, orange juice and coke
  5. Add in bay leaves.
  6. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours until the meat falls apart.
  7. Remove from oven and shred.
  8. Once ready you can crisp in the oven or in a frying pan. Use a little of the broth from the meat and either broil or crisp in the frying pan.
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Adding fresh carnitas to your favorite salad

*This recipe was adapted from #cafedelites

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