Crispy Pork With Avocado Salsa and Tomato Salsa (Carnitas)

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“Carnitas from Bon Apetit”
2hrs 15mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut pork pieces crosswise into thirds. Cut off any big chunks of fat from pork and reserve; leave small pieces of fat attached to pork.
  2. Combine pork, reserved fat, 2 cups water, and next 4 ingredients in deep 12-inch skillet. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until pork is tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour 45 minutes, adding more water by 1/4 cupfuls if necessary to keep pork partially submerged.
  3. Uncover; boil pork mixture until liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in brandy; boil until liquid evaporates and meat browns and begins to get crisp, stirring often, about 15 minutes.
  5. Cool meat slightly. Discard any loose pieces of fat.
  6. Tear meat into strips; return to skillet. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.).
  7. Add 2 tablespoons water to skillet. Cover and rewarm pork over medium-low heat, stirring, about 5 minutes. Season with more salt, if desired.
  8. Transfer to bowl.
  9. Serve with warm tortillas, Avocado Salsa, and tomato salsa.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a