Family Style Pork Carnitas Taco

Difficulty: Easy | Makes: 10-12 Servings

Slowly cooked to perfection, this recipe combines tender and juicy pork with a blend of aromatic spices.




  1. Combine pork, salt, peppercorns, cumin, onion, bay leaves, oregano, lime, orange, cinnamon, cloves, annatto seeds, chipotle puree, soy sauce, water, and garlic in a Dutch oven. Bring to a simmer and then cover and transfer to a 300 degree F oven to cook for 2 hours. Remove pork and set aside
  2. Put the remaining sauce on the stove and reduce for 20-30 minutes until you have 1 cup of liquid remaining. Strain well, return to pot, and adjust salt as needed
  3. Using forks, pull the pork apart into smaller bite-sized pieces. Once reduced, add the pork back to the pot and mix to cover with the sauce
  4. Transfer to a foil-lined sheet pan and broil until the edges are crisp, about 8 mins rotating halfway. Remove and flip the pork then broil for another 8 minutes until both sides are crispy
  5. To serve, transfer carnitas to a platter along with pickled red onion, watermelon radish, sliced cabbage, and cilantro. Serve along with corn tortillas, habanero pepper sauce, sliced serrano peppers, crema, scallions, hoisin sauce, and fresh tomato