There’s nothing much better than tender slow cooked pork carnitas with the tangy flavor of lime and smokiness of cumin. Pork carnitas happens to be one of my favorite Mexican dishes. I used to be overwhelmed by the idea of making it at home until I tried it a couple years ago and realized it’s quite simple. Now it’s firmly planted on my rotation of meals and I even happily cook it mid-week.
I keep my pork carnitas meals simple with a salad, guacamole, and sometimes black beans and rice for my carb-eating people when they’re willing to make it. That’s one of my boundaries! I’m fine with having rice and beans around but I’ve asked my family to be the ones to cook it so I’m not tempted to snitch bites as I cook. Nine times out of ten my sons are happy to do without. Not sure if they don’t want it or if they just don’t want to take the energy to cook it.
I often find carnitas meat pre-cut into chunks at the grocery store but if you have a hard time finding it pre-cut, grab a pork shoulder roast and cut it into 2-inch pieces. Might take a few minutes to get it ready but completely worth the effort.
Get to Cooking
Pork carnitas can be cooked on the stove top but I’ve gotten very spoiled to browning my pork in a cast iron skillet and then transferring it to my Instant Pot to get that rich yummy tenderness much quicker than letting it simmer on the stove top. So easy! And I can be prepping the rest of the meal while the Instant Pot is doing its thing! If I haven’t mentioned it before, I love my Instant Pot. Couldn’t live without it!
Give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it. I’m pretty certain it’ll become one of your family favorites as well!