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Tacos de Carnitas packed with different toppings
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Tacos de Carnitas

Change up your dinners and try these Tacos de Carnitas. They are juicy, crispy and very flavourful! It’s perfect for a family styled dinner, where everyone can help themselves to their favourite toppings.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 16 Tacos


  • Large Sauté Pan
  • Large Deep Baking Tray
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl


  • 700 g Pork Shoulder
  • 250 ml Orange Juice
  • 5 Cloves Garlic

Pork Rub

  • Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Mexican Oregano or Reqular Oregano
  • Sea Salt

Taco Plating

  • Small Tortillas
  • Spicy Salsa
  • Lime
  • Fresh Herbs Corriander & Micro Raddish
  • Sliced Pickled Red Onions (Optional) Recipe in the description


  • Preheat the oven to 160c.
  • In a mixing bowl marinade the pork with olive oil, cumin, oregano & sea salt.
    Marinading the pork
  • Heat a large sauté pan over high heat. Add the pork and sear on each side for 2 minutes.
    Searing the pork
  • Until you have a nice brown crust.
    Searing the second side of the pork
  • Add the pork, orange juice and crushed garlic cloves to a deep baking tray.
    Half Roasted pork but in a baking tray
  • Tightly wrap the baking tray with tin foil and bake for 2 hours.
    tin foiling the baking tray
  • Carefully take out the baking tray and baste the pork (Pour the liqud on top of the pork 5-6 times).
    Basting the pork butt
  • Wrap the baking tray tightly with tin foil again and bake for 2 and a half hours to 3 hours.
    tin foiling the baking tray
  • Until the pork is tender and falling apart.
    After slow cooking the pork butt its nice a tender and falling apart
  • Place the pork in a large mixing bowl and use 2 forks to shred the pork.
    After the pork is shredded
  • Reserve the cooking liquid from the baking tray
    Pork cooking liquid

Crisping the Pork (6-8 minutes)

  • Heat a large sauté pan over high heat. Add half the cooking liquid and half the pork. Stir quite requarlly and cook into the pork has crisped, this will take 3-4 minutes for each batch. Repeat until all the pork is crisp
    Crisping the pork in a sauté pan

Serving your Tacos

  • You can either serve by adding all the taco ingredients on to a table for a more family styled dinner or plate individually.
    Tacos de Carnitas