Follow this easy pork carnitas recipe for rich, tender, and juicy pork that’s perfect for tacos, enchiladas, or just eating by the forkful!

Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce Recipe

  • Yield:

    4 servings

  • Total Time:

    1 hr 40 mins

  • Prep Time:

    20 mins

  • Cook Time:

    1 hr 20 mins


  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • 4 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile
  • 4 tomatillos, finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 corn tortillas


  1. Step 1) Cut pork into 1 inch cubes; season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet or Dutch oven. Add pork, onions, garlic powder, chili powder and chipotle chile; Sauté 3 to 5 minutes to brown the meat.
  2. Step 2) Add enough water to almost cover pork. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Remove lid and continue to simmer an additional 45 minutes or until liquid has evaporated.
  3. Step 3) Combine chopped tomatillos, tomatoes and cilantro in a small bowl.
  4. Step 4) Place an equal amount of pork on each tortilla. Top with tomatillo salsa.