On Line Cookbook

Carnitas a la Casera

Recipe Information
Home-Style Meats

Mexican Cookery by Barbara Hansen

Serves/Makes:4 cups shredded meat

  • 2 lbs (.9 kg). pork (pork butt or pork loin)
  • water
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut in half
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) dried leaf oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) ground cumin
  • salt or garlic salt, to taste
  • Place meat in a 3-quart saucepan.
  • Add onion, garlic, salt, oregano and cumin.
  • Add water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat.
  • Cover and simmer 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 C.).
  • Drain meat, reserving broth for another use if you wish.
  • Place meat in a baking pan.
  • Sprinkle meat evenly with salt or garlic salt.
  • Bake 45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.
  • While still warm, use 2 forks to shred meat.
Pork cooked this way is used for tacos, burritos, tostadas and sandwiches.