Carnitas: Braised and Fried Pork

120 mins (prep 20)
12 ingredients
enough for 8 main course servings, or enough for 24 to 32 tacos
Editor's note: Chef Roberto Santibañez, the chef/owner of Fonda in Brooklyn, New York shared this recipe as part of a festive taco party menu he created for Epicurious. To make tacos, you'll also need 24 to 32 warm corn tortillas, 2 cups of salsa, chopped white onion, chopped cilantro, and lime wedges. Santibañez recommends serving the tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa , Roasted Pineapple Salsa , or Taco-Shop Guacamole, a blend of avocado and tomatillos. Picture this: Mounds of juicy, tender, crispy-edged pieces of pork just waiting to be tucked into freshly made tortillas or piled on a plate along with rice and beans. This recipe is the classic way to make them—well, almost. Many restaurants and stalls put a whole butchered pig in a huge copper pot and let it simmer away until any liquid has evaporated. That's when the pork goes from being braised to being fried, browning in its own luscious fat. I do the same thing here, except I suggest using pork shoulder instead of the whole animal. And while the pork is traditionally browned on the stovetop, doing it in the oven is even easier and more effective. Pile the result on tortillas with salsa, chopped onions, and cilantro.

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Serving Size (109.52 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 131.07 Calories from Fat 121.68
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13.52g 166.42%
Saturated Fat 2.83g 113.03%
Trans Fat 0.19g %
Cholesterol 6.99mg 18.63%
Sodium 204.86mg 68.29%
Total Carbohydrate 2.0g 5.33%
Dietary Fiber 0.06 g 2.02%
Sugars 1.04 g %
Protein 0.71g 11.37%
Vitamin A 5.21IU% Vitamin C 0.98mg%
Calcium 13.79mg% Iron 0.09mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
pork shoulder, medium white onion, or, dried oregano, fine salt