try this – carnitas

This recipe is from our dear friends who are fabulous cooks. I LOVE this. It is – no exaggeration – one of the best things you will ever eat!


3 lbs boneless pork shoulder or country-style pork ribs
6 garlic cloves, halved
1 orange, zest of (cut into wide strips using a vegetable peeler)
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
sea salt
1 tablespoon canola oil (optional) or safflower oil (optional)
12 corn or flour tortillas, warmed
salsa fresca
black beans

Cut off any big pieces of fat from the pork and put them into a wide,
heavy saucepan or frying pan. Cut the pork into strips about 1 1/2
inches long and 3/4 inch wide. Add the pork to the pan with the garlic,
orange zest, orange juice, and 2 teaspoons sea salt. The meat should be
in a single layer, if possible. Add water to barely cover the meat and
bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover
partially, and cook, stirring occasionally, until all of the liquid has
evaporated, about 1 hour. If the meat is not yet fork tender, add a bit
more water and continue cooking.

Uncover the pan and continue cooking the pork until all the fat is
rendered and the meat is browning in the melted fat, 10-15 minutes
longer. There is usually enough melted fat in the pan, but if
necessary, add the 1 tablespoon oil. When the meat is brown and crisp,
using a slotted spoon, transfer it to a colander and let any excess fat
drain away.

Immediately transfer the pork to a warmed serving bowl. Accompany with
the warm tortillas to make tacos: slather each tortilla with the
guacamole and the salsa. Serve with the beans and/or rice on
the side.

About Melissa

Melissa is founder of Girlymama and co-founder of the mom fashion blog, All Things Chic. You can also find her designing blogs at Eliza Grace Design and on Twitter as Melissa Angert.


  1. 1

    This sounds delish! …and easy too– which is right up my alley! 🙂
    I will have to try. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 2

    I am hispanic and I LOVE carnitas. This recipe is awesome and easy. I will give it a try!:)

  3. 3
    Kellyn says:

    Oh man…how fabulous do these sound!

  4. 4

    seriously. they are AMAZING!!!