Crispy Carnitas

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“I make no claim to authenticity, but these are very good. My husband is from Colombia, but there are many Latin American or Caribbean dishes that he is unfamiliar with. This is one of them. This gringa likes expanding our horizons. These are great as a snack or in tacos or nachos.”
2hrs 15mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut pork into 2 inch cubes. and place in a large bowl or large plastic bag.
  2. Combine salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, oregano and cayenne; rub all over meat and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  4. Heat grease in a large oven safe saucepan or Dutch oven.
  5. Brown meat well on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  6. Pour marinade into pan and stir with a wooden spoon to remove any brown bits from the bottom and coat the meat; add water to just about cover meat.
  7. Bring pot to a boil, cover and place in oven.
  8. Cook until tender, about 2 hours; remove from oven and set to broil.
  9. Let cool slightly, then shred, with your hands, into bite size pieces; return to braising liquid.
  10. Stir, then remove meat, in a single layer, to a shallow baking sheet.
  11. Broil a couple of minutes on each side to crisp lightly and serve.

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