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Spanish Shredded Pork Roast or "Carnitas"

Updated on April 13, 2013
4.5 stars from 4 ratings of Carnitas

My mother-in-law is from Peru and she cooks the best Carnitas. Carnitas are pieces of roasted pork with vegetables. You can serve them over rice or in soft tortillas. They are delicious. My Husband begged me to learn how to make them and I being the "kind wife" that I am, obliged. So here is the recipe and I hope you and your family enjoy! Click here to see the recipe for my son's favorite rice to go along side the Carnitas.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 10 min
Yields: Serves 8-10 people


  • 2.5 lbs Pork Butt
  • 1.5 tsp adobo
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground corriander
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup baby carrots, whole
  • 3/4 medium Spanish Onion, cut into big chunks
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup water


  1. Cut the pork roast into thick pieces. Lay pieces flat and sprinkle on half of the seasonings. Just sprinkle a light and even layer over one side of the meat. Then put the meat in a big pot spice side down and sprinkle with the remaining spices. Add the vinegar, water, carrots, and onions. Bring to a simmer and then cover with foil and a lid. Cook for about an hour. Turn the meat and then cook for another hour. You can check to see if you need to add more spices according to your preferences before you broil.
  2. Pour everything into a 9X13 baking pan and broil. I used an electric broiler, but I'm not sure you find those anymore. Broil for about an hour turning the meat every 15 min to make sure it doesn't burn.The fatty pieces may need to stay in longer than the meaty pieces.
  3. Shred the meat with a fork. I served it with a mix of onions, vinegar, lemon, crushed red pepper, and cilantro on top. I served the vegetables that were in the pot on the side and cornbread. It was yummy! Another good way to serve Carnitas is with some warm flour tortillas, re-fried bean and pico de gallo.


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      Insightful Tiger 3 years ago


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      Digger 3 years ago

      Hey, that post leaves me feeling fohilso. Kudos to you!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      I think that is the best way to eat this mister moonlake; with warm tortillas and maybe some shredded cheese and pico de gallo.

      I just know I love to cook for people that love to eat :)

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice comment.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by and for the nice comment aviannovice! I hope you enjoy it when you finally get the craving!

      Peace sister :)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I would have to serve them over soft tortillas because that's my kind of food. This recipes sounds so good and I bet you are a good cook. Voted up and shared.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      When I ate meat regularly, I would always order carnitas at the area Mexican restaurant. I will save this recipe if I get the urge again, which I have no doubt will happen once in a while.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      It was and tomorrow I'm making Pernil, or Spanish Roast Pork. I'll put that up soon! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That looks delicious!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Aren't they good? I know it's not the healthiest, but roasted pork is probably a major part of why I couldn't be vegetarian. No offense to my vegetarian and vegan friends :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      I love carnitas....will be trying this recipe..thanks for sharing.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thanks for reading and commenting, friend! I hope you do enjoy it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love pork roast and I know I'll love this recipe. Thanks!