Total Time
Prep 12 hrs
Cook 2 hrs

This is a recipe from Jane Milton's Mexican cook book,carnitas literally means little meats,can be eaten as part of a main dish or used to fill tacos or burritos.if the carnitas are served in tacos or burritos,shred or chop them.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. grind the bay leaves,thyme and marjoram to a fine powder.
  2. cut the pork into 2 inch cubes,marinate with the spice powder over night,minimum 2 hours.
  3. mix all the salsa ingredients,cover and chill until needed.
  4. heat the lard in a big pot,add the marinated pork cubes,with orange wadges,garlic and onion,brown the pork cubes on all sides.
  5. discard the onion and garlic,cover the pot,cook over low heat for about 1.5 hours.
  6. discard the oranges and cook uncovered until all the meat juices have been absorbed and the pork cubes are crispy outside and tender inside.
  7. serve with flour tortillas and the salsa.
Most Helpful

I got this recipe from the same cookbook.It's been a favorite for years.The hint of orange and sweetness is what really makes it special!

strangelittlebeast January 15, 2013

This made for great tasting burritos. My mom and dad came to help me plant a garden and this was how I thanked them. Made for a great lunch and my dad was thrilled to be able to take home the left overs! Made for Pac 10.

cookiedog April 08, 2010