Carnitas

Carnitas

This simple recipe for making succulent morsels of carnitas requires nothing more than pork, salt, and water. Whereas braising usually calls for searing the meat before cooking slowly in liquid, this method is the exact opposite. The pieces of pork shoulder are slowly simmered first then browned in its own rendered fat.

recipe adapted from Diana Kennedy’s Essential Cuisines of Mexico

Carnitas
Little Pieces of Browned Pork

3 pounds skinless and boneless pork shoulder
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

Notes:

  • Make carnitas on your not-so-well-maintained cast iron skillet and it will be perfectly seasoned after a few times.

Cut the meat into small pieces. In a heavy pan, arrange the pieces of pork in a single layer and cover with water. It’s fine to crowd the pan initially –  the pieces of meat will shrink after some of the fat is rendered.

Bring to a boil then lower the heat to maintain a gentle simmer while uncovered. It may take around 2 hours for the liquid to completely evaporate.

Once all of the water has evaporated, turn the pieces of meat until lightly crusty and browned all over. Serve immediately.

Carnitas in cast iron skillet

It doesn’t have to be served with guacamole, fresh salsa, and tacos. Since this carnitas is simply seasoned with salt, try adding it to anything that could use fork-tender bits of pork.

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25 Responses to “Carnitas”

  1. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Diana Kennedy is just one of the best for wonderful Mexican!
    Such a simple dish that results in great flavor!

  2. [eatingclub vancouver] js says:

    Wow, a simple, down-to-earth carnitas recipe! Will have to try this one.

    Thanks.

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  4. sweetbird says:

    Hmm…js and ts of eatingclub just sent me here. This looks outstanding. I really need to eat breakfast before I keep reading my food blogs.

  5. Booo! says:

    NO son carnitas!!!!

  6. carnitas?? no way!! says:

    mykitcheninhalfcups this is not the way to make carnitas. this is just simply cooked pork, there is a lot more work, and spices involved. I am making them right now by the way. It is not this simple, I can tell you really do not know Mexican food. Carnitas have a very distinguished flavor, any pork meat just doesn’t do. Perhaps this will help, http://foro.univision.com/univision/board/message?board.id=cocinademexico&message.id=970221 I believe you can translate the page also. Copy and paste that link please, and it is best if served with salsas, tortillas, maybe some frijoles puercos (pig beans) also known as ranchero beans. Mixture of Mexican sausage, jalapeños, jack cheese, onions, garlic and stuff. Happy cooking

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