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The Ultimate Guide to Making Carnitas Tacos

The Ultimate Guide to Making Carnitas Tacos

The Ultimate Guide to Making Carnitas Tacos: Despite the fact that I always feel like I make a lot of carnitas, we typically consume the majority of them (or even all of them!) in a single sitting. It is absolutely mouthwatering! You guys are aware that I adore tacos.

And because I live in the southwest, I constantly have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of different kinds. Tacos made with pork carnitas are one of my favourites, and I thought it would be fun to share with you the recipe for my favourite dish.


  • Cut the pork into pieces and season it with salt on all sides.
  • Prepare the pork pieces by first heating oil in a large stock pot and then browning them on all sides.
  • Put the spices, orange slices, onion, and broth into the pot, bring it to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer for approximately one minute.
  • While the pork is cooking, go ahead and make some simple red chile sauce.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • After the pork has finished cooking, remove the meat from the pan onto a cutting board and shred it using a fork.
  • After that, arrange the shredded pork on a baking sheet, and then spoon a significant amount of the extra broth over the pork that has been shredded.
  • Bake the pork for ten minutes in an oven that has been preheated, then spoon additional leftover broth over the pork and continue baking for ten more minutes.
  • You can enjoy some taco shells by frying them, then topping them with red chile sauce, onion, and cilantro.


Both pork shoulder and pork butt are considered to be the same cut of meat. I am aware that this may be confusing, but it is the case. To be more specific, it comes from the shoulder of the pig. When it is cooked, it transforms into a delicious pulled pork that is perfect for tacos, stew, or sliders for example.

A helpful hint for purchasing pork butts is that Sam’s Club or Costco typically offers the best deals on pork butts, but Walmart is also a good option. When I buy an eight-pound bag, I immediately freeze half of it and cook the remaining half.

What temperature should pork reach to be safe to eat?

  • Pork butt must reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit before it can be consumed safely.
  • On the other hand, I strongly advise cooking it until it reaches a temperature of between 200 and 210 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • As soon as the temperature reaches between 200 and 210 degrees Fahrenheit, the cartilage in the pork finally breaks down into a delicious meat that can be shredded and is ideal for tacos.
  • In the case of pork carnitas tacos, what kind of sauce would you suggest I use?
  • When I make authentic pork carnitas tacos, I always make sure to include my red chile sauce because I absolutely adore it.
  • Nevertheless, I also recommend my cilantro lime sauce because it is extremely delicious as well.
  • Moreover, I have a recipe for a delicious mango salsa as well as a salsa verde that you are going to adore.
  • Watch the video on YouTube to learn how to make my red chile sauce.
  • An easy way to achieve a smooth texture in your red chilli sauce is to simply blend it for a longer period of time and then strain it.
  • This pulled pork from Mexico is absolutely mouthwatering! In addition to all of the delicious spices, I really enjoy the pieces of orange and onion that are included in it.
  • These tacos are delicious when accompanied by a refreshing watermelon slushy or lemonade.


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