Keto Carnitas

Keto Carnitas

Carnitas are great for feeding a crowd. Roast or smoke the pork or cook it in a crock-pot for busy days. Just be sure to follow the final step of browning the meat in some of the roasting juices. The browned bits are where the magic happens.

Keto Carnitas

Carnitas are great for feeding a crowd. Roast or smoke the pork or cook it in a crock-pot for busy days. Just be sure to follow the final step of browning the meat in some of the roasting juices. The browned bits are where the magic happens.
USMetric
10 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs 2.3 kg pork shoulder
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 13 cup 75 ml pickled jalapeños or fresh
  • 1 1 orange, juice and zestoranges, juice and zest
  • 1 1 lime, the juicelimes, the juice
  • 1 1 lemon, the juice
  • 1 1 yellow onionyellow onions (optional)
  • 2 2 green bell peppergreen bell peppers (optional)
Serving
  • 5 5 avocadoavocados
  • 4 4 tomatotomatoes
  • 1 cup 225 ml shredded cheese
  • 1 cup 225 ml sour cream
  • ½ cup 125 ml pickled jalapeños or fresh
  • ½ cup 125 ml fresh cilantro

Instructions

Instructions are for 10 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Mix the dry spices and rub them on the meat. Place the meat fatty side up into a crock-pot or oven safe skillet and add the remaining seasonings.
  2. Sprinkle jalapenos over the pork shoulder. Add fresh orange juice, lime juice and lemon juice. Cook on low in the crock-pot for 10 to 12 hours or overnight.
  3. When the meat is tender, remove it from the crock-pot and shred it into smaller pieces. Reserve the drippings and reduce it to half in a pot.
  4. Sauté the optional onion and bell peppers in fat. Add the reduced pan drippings. Fry the pork in a heavy skillet until the pieces are browned and crispy. Getting the meat crisped up is really important in making it so delicious.
  5. Serve with avocado, tomato, jalapeño, shredded cheese, sour cream. Don’t forget the fresh cilantro!

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5 Comments

  1. Endre
    What is the oven equivalent temperature of the crock pot low setting? (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
  2. Karen
    I live in Spain now & struggle to find an equivalent to pork shoulder - which I love to slow roast. Do you know what I should look for?
  3. Angel
    This had really nice flavor but the pork was falling apart (in a good way!) when I took it out of the crockpot, making it nearly impossible to brown it easily. While the browned bits were nice, in the end I felt like it made the meat way too heavy/greasy and muted the really nice spices. I'll skip that step next time and just serve it right out of the crockpot.
    Reply: #4
  4. Seth
    Here’s how you crisp up carnitas. Shred the meat and transfer it to a oven-compatible pan using a strainer or skimmer spoon to avoid transferring the liquid. Put the meat under the broiler for a few minutes until it crisps up. The meat will stay moist because of the high fat content. You can also brown it on the stove. You can serve it with/in the liquid (my favorite) or use the liquid for something else (preferable for filling tacos).

    PS Don’t omit the juice from the orange as the sugars are (unfortunately) essential for getting that classic crispness of carnitas.

  5. Lesley
    How many onions? How many peppers? These are in the method but not listed in the ingredients.

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