How to Make Carnitas (Pork Tacos)

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Apr. 05, 2013

A pretty darn authentic recipe for out-of-this-world pork carnitas.


Pork shoulder 6 Pound , cut into chunks
Mexican coco cola 355 Milliliter ((1 bottle or 1
Sea salt To Taste
Orange 1 , slice
Garlic clove 4
Sweetened condensed milk 7 Ounce (Optional)
Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Bay leaf 4
Lard 2 1/2 Pound



1. In a large cast iron Dutch oven, melt and heat lard to 375 degree.

2. Drop meat in it and cook until nice and brown. Keep stirring to avoid sticking at the bottom.

3. Squeeze and add orange slices. Stir and cook for 30 minutes.

4. Turn the heat down to medium and pour water in it. Cook at 220-230 degrees until the water evaporates.

5. Pour coca cola and then add garlic cloves, bay leaves, salt, and condensed milk. Give it a good stir. Cook for 60 minutes or until fork tender.

6. Remove the meat from lard, break them into smaller cubes and brown them in a cast iron skillet.


7. Pull the meat and serve hot on corn tortilla with pickled red onion, cheese, avocado slice, cilantro, salsa, and lime juice topping.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 120 Minutes
Ready In: 120 Minutes
Servings: 16

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1012Calories from Fat 839

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 93 g143.1%

Saturated Fat 35 g175%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 142 mg5.92%

Total Carbohydrates 11 g3.7%

Dietary Fiber %

Sugars 10 g

Protein 31 g62%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet