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Best Carnitas Recipe

Best Carnitas Recipe Ever

Hey everyone, today I have for you the best carnitas recipe ever! It’s very easy to make. This is actually one of my go to meals when I have company since it’s such a crowd pleaser.

My favorite part is all the little flavorful crispy pieces. Just look at how tasty they look!

Can you guess what the secret ingredient in this recipe is? It’s coca-cola. The coca-cola will caramelize under the broiler giving the carnitas their delicious looking color and also help with crisping up some of the shredded pork.

carnitas recipe

These carnitas are made in the oven but by taking the time to sear them first in the skillet is going to create a nice texture and color.

searing pork for carnitas

Next just transfer them to a casserole dish along with the rest of the ingredients. Don’t forget the coca-cola. Cover with foil and bake for a few hours. When they get close to being done you will smell the wonderful aroma of carnitas!

carnitas before cooking

After the carnitas have cooked for about three hours and shred apart easily they will need to go under the broiler. This is going to caramelize them. This is a super important step that shouldn’t be forgotten!

Serve them with warm corn tortillas. Garnish with cilantro, onion or your favorite salsa.

carnitas in tortilla

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you enjoyed the recipe.

carnitas in tortilla
5 from 1 vote

Best Carnitas Recipe

This is the best carnitas recipe ever! It is certainly a crowd pleaser!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 502 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 2 1/2 lbs pork butt roast cut into small pieces
  • 12 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 white onion sliced into rings
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano crushed
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 16 oz coca-cola


  1. Season the cut up pieces or pork well with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat up the olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.

  3. Once the oil is hot go ahead and brown the pieces of pork on all sides. Do a few pieces at a time to avoid crowding the pan.

  4. Preheat the oven to 275.

  5. Transfer the pork to a casserole dish.

  6. Add the garlic, onion, oregano, and coca-cola to the dish as well.

  7. Cover tightly with foil and bake in oven for about three hours or until the pork shreds apart easily.

  8. Take out the pork and remove the foil. Remove the garlic, onion and any fat. Shred the meat and turn on the broiler.

  9. Return the dish to the oven under the broiler.

  10. Let it broil for a few minutes then take the dish out and stir the carnitas.

  11. Return the dish back to the broiler and repeat the above step until the carnitas reach their desired level of crispiness.

  12. Serve carnitas with warm corn tortillas and your favorite salsa or garnishes.

Nutrition Facts
Best Carnitas Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 502 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 170mg57%
Sodium 191mg8%
Potassium 1037mg30%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 54g108%
Vitamin C 4.9mg6%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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