Z Tejas Dos XX's Pork Carnitas

Recipe by Molly53
READY IN: 1hr 45mins


  • 6
    lbs pork butt, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 12
    quarts water
  • 1
    quart orange juice
  • 3
    (12 ounce) bottles Dos XX beer
  • 14
    cup achiote powder or 1/4 cup paprika
  • 4
    ancho chilies, stems removed
  • 3
    tablespoons garlic, chopped
  • 14
  • 1
    lb white onion, chopped


  • Place the pork, water, orange juice, achiote, beer, bay leaves, ancho chilies, onion and garlic in a large roasting pan.
  • Place pan over low heat; cook about 1 hour or just until the meat is about to fall apart.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove meat to a sheet pan; let cool slightly.
  • Drain the juices from the pork; reserve for later use.
  • Discard the onions and remaining solids in the roasting pan.
  • In a large saucepan, heat corn oil to about 350 degrees (Caution: Make sure there is at least 6 inches of room between the top of the pan and the oil, otherwise, the oil could boil over).
  • Being careful not to burn the meat, slowly and carefully add the chunks of meat to the hot oil; fry until crispy.
  • Using a slotted spoon, place the meat in the reserved sauce.
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil and cook in a 300-degree oven for 30 minutes.