PlayEmailLinkSMSXSearchClockRight ArrowArrow DownCaret downCaret upCaret leftCaret rightHamburger MenuPop OutThumbs upSpeechAudio onReplayPlusMinus

89% would make again

Mexican Carnitas As Made By Claudette

Tasty Team


for 12 servings


  • 5 lb pork shoulder (2.2 g), cut into 2-inch (5 cm) cubes
  • 2 large white onions, chopped
  • 10 avocado leaves
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup kosher salt (60 g)
  • 6 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • cold water
  • ½ cup orange juice (120 mL)
  • ½ cup milk (120 mL)
  • 12 oz mexican style soda (355 mL), 1 bottle
  • 3 lb lard (1.3 g), cut into large cubes

For Serving

  • white corn tortilla
  • guacamole
  • pickled vegetable
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • lime wedge
  • rice, (made with cilantro)
  • pinto bean


  1. To a large pot, add the cubed pork shoulder, onions, avocado leaves, pepper, salt, garlic, and bay leaves. Add enough cold water to cover all the meat. Bring to a boil over high heat, then continue to boil for 20 minutes.
  2. Add the orange juice, milk, and cola, return to a boil, and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, about 1 hour.
  3. Add the lard, let it melt, then boil off the rest of the liquid until the meat begins to fry, 1 hour more.
  4. Once the meat turns dark golden brown and is crispy, scoop it out of the pot and onto a paper bag or paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain.
  5. Serve with corn tortillas, guacamole, pickled vegetables, cilantro, lime wedges, cilantro rice, and pinto beans.
  6. Enjoy!

Spring is here!

This season, we have tons of easy and delicious favorites to share.

Spring is here!

This season, we have tons of easy and delicious favorites to share.

Submit a recipe to Tasty

Have a recipe of your own to share?Submit your recipe here.

Submit your recipe