Healthy Meal Prep
Easy Pork Carnitas Recipe

Easy Pork Carnitas


This authentic Mexican pork carnitas recipe takes very little effort and uses only a handful of ingredients. Just the way we make it in Mexico: lots of flavor and no fuss.


  • 1 (5 pound) boneless pork shoulder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon safflower oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Trim excess fat from pork shoulder and cut pork into 2-inch cubes. Season with salt and pepper on all sides.
  3. Heat a cast iron braiser over medium-high heat. Pour oil into the pot and brown pork on all sides, about 10 minutes. Cover with the lid.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until pork is crispy on the outside and soft, but fully cooked, on the inside, about 1 hour.

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Nutritional Information

Easy Pork Carnitas

Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 278.4
% Daily Value *
protein: 73 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber:
fat: 21 %
saturated fat: 22 %
cholesterol: 36 %
vitamin a iu:
niacin equivalents: 109 %
vitamin b6: 34 %
vitamin c: 1 %
calcium: 3 %
iron: 8 %
magnesium: 12 %
potassium: 13 %
sodium: 4 %
thiamin: 105 %
calories from fat:
percent of calories from fat:
percent of calories from protein:
percent of calories from sat fat:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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