Rating: 4.24 stars
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
  • 17 Ratings

The secret to these perfect carnitas? Sweetened condensed milk. It caramelizes to a sweet coating on the meat.

Pati Jinich
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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hands-on:
45 mins
total:
180 mins
Servings:
8
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Pork Carnitas

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  • In blender add water, onion, garlic, the 1 Tbsp. salt, marjoram, thyme, pepper, cumin, and cloves. Blend smooth.

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  • In Dutch oven heat lard over medium- high heat. Add pork; top with 1/2 tsp. salt. Brown pork 10 minutes; turn occasionally.

  • Pour onion mixture over pork. Bring to a simmer; cook 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in bay leaves, juice, and milk. Cover; simmer 11/2 to 2 hours or until meat pulls apart easily, stirring occasionally. Uncover; simmer 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

  • Discard bay leaves. Skim fat from liquid. Shred meat with a fork; toss with cooking liquid to moisten, if desired. For tacos, serve meat with tortillas, salsa, jalapeños, and radishes.

Pressure Cooker Directions

Prepare as above through Step 1. In a 6-quart multifunction electric cooker, use saute setting to brown meat in batches, seasoning with a little salt and pepper with every batch. For stove-top cooker, brown meat in batches, over medium-high heat. Return all meat to cooker. Pour onion mixture over pork and lock lid in place. Set electric cooker on high pressure to cook 60 minutes. For stove-top cooker, bring up to pressure over medium-high; reduce heat enough to maintain steady (but not excessive) pressure. Cook 60 minutes. Remove from heat. For both models, immediately release pressure. Open lid carefully. Transfer to a bowl. Continue recipe through Step 4.

Nutrition Facts (Pork Carnitas)

476 calories; total fat 19g; saturated fat 6g; polyunsaturated fat 3g; monounsaturated fat 8g; cholesterol 138mg; sodium 550mg; potassium 1134mg; carbohydrates 29g; fiber 5g; sugar 4g; protein 46g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 158IU; vitamin c 14mg; thiamin 1mg; riboflavin 1mg; niacin equivalents 12mg; vitamin b6 1mg; folate 26mcg; vitamin b12 2mcg; calcium 84mg; iron 4mg.

Salsa Verde Cruda

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  • In a blender combine tomatillos, avocado, cilantro, onion, chile pepper, and 1/2 tsp. kosher salt. Blend until smooth.

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Corn Tortillas

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  • Heat a griddle or heavy skillet over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until very hot. Meanwhile, cut two 8-inch circles from plastic produce bags or plastic wrap. In bowl mix flour, water, and salt. Stir to form a smooth dough (if dough feels coarse, add a little more water). Shape into 16 smooth balls. Cover with damp dish towel or plastic wrap. To make tortillas, place a plastic circle on bottom of tortilla press; top with a dough ball. Place other circle on top of the ball; clamp press down to make a flat disk. (If tortilla edges look cracked and jagged, dough needs a little more water.) To flatten without a press, roll between pieces of plastic wrap with rolling pin. Open press; remove top plastic piece. Lift tortilla; peel off plastic. Cook tortilla on griddle 30 seconds or until spatula can lift it without sticking. Turn; cook 1 minute. Turn again; cook 10 to 15 seconds or until tortilla puffs in spots; cook 15 to 20 seconds to brown. Transfer to paper towel. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in resealable plastic bag in refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. To reheat, place on hot griddle for 30 seconds per side.

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Reviews

17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2017
I made this and it was fantastic! Such great flavor, and fairly easy to put together. I've tried both stovetop and crock pot recipes, and this is the best I've made.
Rating: Unrated
08/08/2016
I made the pork carnitas, but modified the recipe by replacing the orange juice and sweetened condensed milk with equal parts evaporated milk and Coke Zero.  The flavor of the meat received rave reviews. I will definitely make this one again.