Carnitas Tacos

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A Crispy Dish with A Citrus Kick

Carnitas aren’t just for enjoying in Mexican restaurants. The secret to authentic Carnitas cooks up at home in three easy steps that combine the savory juiciness of pork shoulder with delicious spices.

Infuse your Carnitas with GOYA® Carnitas recipe sizzles with flavor from GOYA®


Authentic Carnitas at Home

Authentic Carnitas animate your home with the zesty flavor of Mexican tradition. The trick is to simmer the pork shoulder with the orange juice just right, so that the citrus infuses the carnitas with a surprising bite. A quick flick of a whisk through the juice every few minutes helps along a glaze that makes authentic Carnitas such a hit. Continue to simmer your Carnitas until the citrus gloss clings to the crispy meat. Your family will rave about the mouth-watering scent and flavor!

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2 lbs.

boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes


medium onion

1 tsp.

GOYA® Minced Garlic or 2 cloves fresh garlic


jalapeño pepper from 11 oz. can of GOYA® Jalapeño Peppers (optional)

Water to cover

3 tbsp.

GOYA® Corn Oil



orange juice

GOYA® Flour Tortillas – Soft Tacos, warmed


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Step 1

Season meat with Adobo.

Step 2

In a deep-sided frying pan or casserole, combine pork, onion, garlic, Jalapeño, bouillon. Add water to cover. Bring to boil, cover and simmer on low heat until meat is tender, about 1 hour.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Step 4

Drain in colander, discarding vegetables and water.

Step 5

Heat oil in same pan on medium high. Add drained meat and brown, turning occasionally.

Step 6

When meat is browned, add orange juice and Sazón and bring to boil. Place in oven, uncovered, until juice reduces and glazes meat, about 30 minutes. Stir every 5-10 minutes so it doesn't stick and juice evenly coats meat.

Step 7

Serve with Tortillas, Salsa Pico de Gallo and Guacamole.

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