Pork Carnitas Recipe (2024)

Pork Carnitas Recipe (1)

Be awesome and repin my dad’s recipe 🙂

If you take the time to flip through my 760 plus recipes ( why not create them out HERE) you will see a lack of pork recipes.

Though pork is inexpensive I do not use it – the reason being my 7 year old declaration to never eat pork again which has been going strong for 19 years now

Because my Dad and I cook all these recipes we stay away from it.

Well my parents were having a little party this week and REALLY wanted pork carnitas – I agreed. Because I love my parents and I thought I should have at least one recipe using pork on this site

My Dad ended up cooking ALL of the recipe – usually it is 50/50 — I make the mess and he cleans it up 😉

BUT the dish was a huge hit ( my dad can cook better than I could ever dream to — so I knew it would be great)

So here is probably the only pork recipe you will see from me till another 750 recipes

My dad forgot to put the tomatillos in the picture — they were chillin on the dining room table 😉

You can substitute the pork for chicken and the recipe will work just as well – I love the fresh flavor scallions, cilantro, and tomatoes gives the dish

This dish is meant to be eaten like a taco – this was enough to feed 8 people at a party

It is a great mixture of fresh and a little spice

We have a few allergies in our family to gluten and dairy – so I am happy to say this dish is dairy and gluten free 🙂

Hope you enjoy this recipe – and thank you to my dad for making it 🙂

Pork Carnitas Recipe


: Sara


  • 1 pound pork shoulder
  • ¼ cup of green onion - chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon of chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of hot chili powder
  • 2 tomatillos - chopped
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tomato - chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons of chopped cilantro
  • Corn Tortillas


  1. Cut the pork into 1 inch pieces - heat corn oil in a large skillet - add pork, onions, chili powder, hot chili powder, and garlic powder. Cook meat - takes about 7- 10 minutes
  2. Pour water into the pan - enough to cover the meat - lower the heat and reduce for 1 hour
  3. In a bowl - combine - tomato , tomatillos and cilantro
  4. Serve with tortillas - pork mixture and tomato mix on top


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  • Liz

    Good job Budget Savvy Daddy! These look SO good! Thanks for posting this recipe even tho you aren’t a fan of pork 🙂

  • Latricia

    Looks so simple and sooooo yummy. Can’t wait to try!

    • Watson

      I hope you like it 🙂

  • Vero

    Yes please! Will try later this week. Thanks Budget Savvy Dad!

  • valene gibbs

    I love your recipes carnita’s are one of my favorite, thanks for posting this and thanks dad

  • Sarah

    Plan on trying this one this week! So excited!

  • Jackquelyn

    We don’t do a lot with pork either, but this looks pretty good! We might have to mix “Taco” night up a bit and throw this in!

  • Jill


  • karen ochoa

    Looks so yummy!!

  • Shannah


  • Nina Anderson

    This looks yummy! Ole!

  • valene gibbs

    i made these and there good

  • kelly galpin

    ive never heard of these and im so excited to try!!

  • jennifer

    looks amazing!

  • Marivel

    Will definitely be trying these at my next get together. Thanks!

  • Sneha

    Looks like one easy to make recipe and yummy

  • Beth

    I’m not a fan of spicy food, but this look really good! I’d have to take out the spicy stuff though, so I hope they still taste as good as they sound!

  • Vincent

    Mmm bad idea looking at this while I’m starving! It looks so good that I want to reach through the computer screen and grab em!

  • Amanda Guilmain

    That looks good

  • stephanie mobley

    looks easy to make and yummmmm!

  • Diane. Fossen

    Yum thanks!

  • Lisa O.

    This sounds really good, I look forward to trying it! Normally, I place a pork roast in the slow-cooker with peperocinis and juice, let it cook on low for about 8 hours or when cooked (remove peppers when done)…shred for tacos (sometimes I get a pan of hot oil and and place the pork inside to get a little brown) you can also place on burger buns for pulled pork sandwiches. So good and flavorful.

  • Grace D


  • Amy Perez

    Oh wow. I need to make these for my hubby

  • sherry

    looks good gunna try this one

  • Sue C

    These look SO good. I want one right now LOL Def going to try 🙂

  • Sherry

    gotta try this

  • Beva

    I love carnitas and have never tried them noes the time

  • Kathryn S.

    Will be making this the next time I’m craving Chipotle

  • Christina Garner

    this looks delicious!!

  • Kim

    Love to see you and you’re Dad cook these together!!!

  • Brandi g

    Sounds delicious!

  • beth

    AND if i use lettuce leaves as a wrap instead of tortillas, it would be gluten free low carb 😀
    looks lovely, the flavor of fresh cilantro is so good!

  • Miranda

    Sounds yummy!

  • Sarah Brantner

    I just want to say thanks for coming up with all these recipes. I struggle every week trying to figure out what to make for dinner that’s not frozen! I try to follow some recipes and they are too complicating. You have saved me!!!!


    love this! a nice change from beef and chicken tacos!

  • Jamie Smith

    Thanks for sharing! My husband loves carnitas so I will have to try this one!

  • Jeannie

    looks amazing!

  • Gotdairy


  • Abby

    Pinning that one!

  • Dawn Bear

    Mouthwatering* will def try this

  • Katie

    Just added this recipe to the book!!Gluten free option for our family!1

  • nicole hall

    .. ha! i was literally just looking up recipes for carnitas. perfect timing 🙂

  • Debbie

    Looks so good

  • Kim

    We always have a Taco Tuesday in our house, and this definitely has some potential! I’m not a big pork fan, but I think I could do it for something this delicious!!

  • Ashley

    Looks lovely! Must try this one.

  • Carol

    Looks tasty

  • kelly galpin


  • Nancy George

    Can’t wait to try this!

  • Senia Fuentes

    My husband will love these taquitos!

  • Kim

    I don’t cook a lot of pork, but this looks really good, will try this one,

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