Sunday, October 2, 2016

Super Easy and Super Tender Carnitas Recipe in the Skillet!

This recipe is a family favorite! My son absolutely love this and requests for dinner all the time. It's perfect to make on the stove in a skillet or in a slow cooker just make sure you brown the pork before you add it to the cooker. Of course, you can adjust the seasonings to your taste. All recipes are not set in stone. Thank goodness! If you want to give it a try here's the recipe below. Leave a comment if you try it and like it. I'd love to know what you think.

Easy Tender Carmita's in the Skillet
serves 4  (or two if you have a manly appetite)


2 lb              Pork shoulder, cut into big pieces
2-3               Garlic cloves, chopped
1/2- 3/4 Tsp Oregano (Mexican Oregano if you have it)
1 Tsp            Cumin (heaped tsp. for me)
1/2 - 1 Tbsp Chili powder (I like a heaping Tbs)
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Tbs           Oil
 Juice of 1 lime
1 cup of water

  1. Season the pork on all sides with salt and pepper. 
  2. In a deep skillet, heat your oil to medium-high heat and brown the pork on all sides to get a good dark color. This is flavor! 
  3. When it's good and tanned, take it out and set it aside for a minute and add your water to the pan. You'll want to loosen up all those yummie bits on the bottom. 
  4. Now add your beautifully tanned pork back to the pan and add everybody to the pool.  Get it? Lol. I laugh at myself sometimes. Anyway, add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and let it come up to a boil. Now you can lower the heat to a simmer and cover it. Let the magic happen for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Doesn't it smell divine?
  5. Your pork should be ready to break apart and shred and use as your heart desires. We usually just stop here and plate it up, because we can't wait any longer.
  6. But if you want to make it to the end, remove your pork from the skillet BEFORE shredding it and remove the excess fat from the liquid and reduce it down to about 1 cup or so. 
  7. Shred the pork while you're waiting and place it in a baking sheet. Add your reduced liquid.
  8. Place it under the broiler just until it's a little crispy. This just takes a few minutes so don't walk away. Give it a good stir and broil for another few minutes.
Now you're all done! Did you make it through to the end? Hope you enjoyed it.

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