Crispy Pork Carnitas

Crispy Pork Carnitas Recipe

  • Author: Christine @Mustlovehome
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Crispy Pork Carnitas are Dutch oven baked low and slow until fall-apart delicious. So flavorful when finished under the broiler to caramelize and crisp.



  • 8 pound¬† boneless pork shoulder roast, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lime
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 2 green onions, cut into 2 inch lengths


  1. Preheat the oven to 275.
  2. Cut pork into large chunks, as needed, to fit into Dutch oven
  3. In a small bowl, mix oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper.
  4. Rub pork pieces all over with spice mix and place pieces into Dutch oven.
  5. Juice orange and 1/2 of lime and pour the juice over the pork. Cut second half of lime into 4 chunks and place around the pork. Tuck prepared jalapeno and onion around pork pieces.
  6. Cover Dutch oven and cook on center rack of 275 degree oven for 3 – 5 hours or until internal temperature is at least 150 degrees. Remove from oven and allow meat to rest for 10 minutes in Dutch oven.
  7. Transfer pork to a baking sheet and shred into bite size pieces.
  8. Preheat oven broiler to High
  9. Place shredded pork on baking sheet under the broiler for 4 – 8 minutes until meat edges are browned and crispy.
  10. Serve warm on tortillas with your favorite toppings.


Watch the meat under the broil carefully to keep from burning.

The spices for this dish are mild. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne to the rub for more heat.

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