The Best Ever Carnitas

Recipe by sheriboren
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins




  • Fuego spice mix (recipe# 66927): Combine all ingredients, mixing well.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
  • Agua Negra Marinade (recipe# 66927): combine all ingredients with a whisk.
  • Stores in the refrigerator for 2 days.
  • Carnitas: Trim away excess fat from pork and cut into 3 inch cubes.
  • Dust meat with Fuego spice mix and press to adhere well.
  • Squeeze juice from oranges into an airtight nonreactive container, add peels, garlic,pepper, pepsi and Aqua Negra marinade- mix to combine well.
  • Add seasoned meat and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove meat from the marinade (reserve marinade) the next day when you are ready to cook.
  • Heat oil/shortening in a large heavy skillet over high heat until fat is smoking; add pork and brown completely on all sides- about 15 minutes.
  • Add reserved marinade and simmer for about 2 hours or until pork is tender and dark brown- add additional Pepsi as needed while cooking to keep meat covered.
  • Remove meat and chop into 3/4 inch pieces.