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Carnitas Recipe


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"A crispy dish with a citrus kick--carnitas aren't just for enjoying in Mexican restaurants. The secret to authentic carnitas cooks up at home in three easy steps that combine the savory juiciness of pork shoulder with delicious spices."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 45 mins

    2 hrs 5 mins


  1. Season meat with Adobo.
  2. In a deep-sided frying pan or casserole, combine pork, onion, garlic, Jalapeno, bouillon. Add water to cover. Bring to boil, cover and simmer on low heat until meat is tender, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Drain pork in colander, discarding vegetables and water.
  5. Heat oil in same pan on medium high. Add drained meat and brown, turning occasionally. When meat is browned, add orange juice and Sazon and bring to boil. Place in oven, uncovered, until juice reduces and glazes meat, about 30 minutes. Stir every 5-10 minutes so it doesn't stick and juice evenly coats meat.
  6. Serve with Tortillas, Salsa Pico de Gallo and Guacamole.
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  • Cooking tip from LA COCINA GOYA
  • Authentic Carnitas at Home: Authentic Carnitas animate your home with the zesty flavor of Mexican tradition. The trick is to simmer the pork shoulder with the orange juice just right, so that the citrus infuses the carnitas with a surprising bite. A quick flick of a whisk through the juice every few minutes helps along a glaze that makes authentic Carnitas such a hit. Continue to simmer your Carnitas until the citrus gloss clings to the crispy meat. Your family will rave about the mouth-watering scent and flavor!

Reviews More Reviews

Mar 18, 2011

absolutely wonderful! I added Aleppo and chipotle, just to spice it up. What a wonderful and simple addition to my collection!

Jan 04, 2011

Delish!! I may never have ground beef tacos again. I used pork loin to cut down on fat. The second time I made this, I skipped the oven and put it in the crock pot, still wonderful. Served with corn tortillas, pico, sour cream, lettuce and cheese.


11 Ratings

Oct 15, 2010

tasty!!! really like the citrus taste. its also one of the few recipes for pork shoulder that doesn't require 5hrs in the crockpot/oven. i didn't use any Goya products and was still able to create the recipe. Not spicy at all even though i added the jalepeno. Ate with warmed tortillas and homemade pico de gallo.

Aug 21, 2013

This was awesome! I used a pork loin roast. I didn't use the jalapeno, but substituted 1/4 tsp Chipotle Chili powder. Served on whole wheat flour tortillas with fresh avocado squirted with fresh lime juice and sour cream in place of the pre-made guacamole. Added some shredded lettuce too. Definite keeper for this house.

Feb 03, 2014

I did the pork to the T, and it came out great. Nice orange-y taste. My boyfriend loved it. I served it in warm tortillas, with shredded lettuce, made my own Pico de gallo, squeeze of lime, and drizzled it with some Salsa Verde. Good recipe to have.

Nov 08, 2013

Amazing tasting carnitas and so easy to make and makes the whole house smell yummy.

Aug 02, 2013

I did use the optional pickled jalapeno, and it was spicy but really good. I used pork loin since it was what I had, and it was delicious.

Apr 18, 2015

My husband and I absolutely love this recipe. I make my own adobo seasoning and it always turns out amazing!


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