Simple Carnitas
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 6
  • 3 pound pork butt (cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, roughly chopped (seeds discarded)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • water
  1. Place everything in a large pot and fill with just enough water to cover everything.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for an hour and a half to two hours.
  3. Increase the heat to medium-high and boil until almost all the water has evaporated and the fat has rendered. Drain the remaining juices from the pot and set aside to use as needed. Stir a few times to make sure that the pork turns golden brown and crispy on all sides.
  4. Shred the pork to the desire sized pieces with two forks and serve in tacos, on a salad, or however else you like.
Adapted From
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at