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instant precision dutch oven carnitas on a cast iron skillet with taco fixings
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Dutch Oven Carnitas

Meaty, juicy, and packed with flavor, fall-apart-tender Dutch Oven Carnitas are so easy to make! Sure to become a household favorite, make a batch today!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carnitas, dutch oven carnitas, instant precision dutch oven, pork, pork carnitas
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 256kcal
Author: Chef Jenn


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 pound picnic pork shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tabelspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Preheat your Instant Precision Dutch Oven to saute, 20 minutes. It won't take 20 minutes.
  • Mix the cumin, chili powder, chipotle powder, Mexican oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Add the oil when your IP Dutch oven has finished preheating.
  • Rub the meat all over with the spice rub, then add it to the Dutch oven, searing it on all sides.
  • Set the IP Dutch Oven to manual mode 2, 325-F for 2.5 hours.
  • Add the orange juice, lime juice, onion, garlic, and bay leaf to the Dutch oven, pop the lid on it and let it do its thing.
  • Flip the meat over halfway through the cooking time.
  • Remove the pork from the cooking liquid and let cool until cool enough to handle.
  • Shred the meat with meat claws or two forks, discarding any fat, sinewy bits, or the bone.
  • Put the meat into a skillet along with 1/4 cup of the cooking juice and turn the heat to medium-high, letting the meat crisp up on the bottom. Don't disturb it for 3-4 minutes, then check to see if the meat has started to caramelize.
  • Serve with all your favorite garnishes!


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3mg