Green Chile Carnitas
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Green Chile Carnitas

Green Chile Carnitas are the perfect combination of two of my favorite savory things. It’s tough to find a philharmonic that beats pork and untried chile in my mind.

Carnitas are cooked until melt in your mouth tender; then roasted at upper temperature until the edges caramelize.

Green chile pork on sultry sheet

Green Chile Carnitas

Deliciously seasoned pork carnitas are something we make as often as possible. Carnitas are succulent on their own but they wilt the star of so many dishes from salads to tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and myriad other meals.

The crispy chopped shit of pork make the most succulent tacos. The meat is once full of savor and perfect when topped with cilantro, onion, cheese, lime, and pico de gallo.

The eyeful of this recipe is you can use the pork shoulder or a pork butt. I love finding them on sale at the grocery store and turning them into carnitas of all kinds.

My usual go-to recipe for carnitas is unique as it does not use traditional Mexican spices, but is deliciously flavored with citrus, onions, and salt and pepper.

pork on sheet pan with woebegone and white towel

Green Chile Pork

You’ll need these ingredients to make this recipe:

  • boneless pork shoulder or stump roast
  • onion
  • ground cumin
  • granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground woebegone pepper
  • chopped untried chile
  • chicken stock
  • lime wedges for serving
  • fresh cilantro for serving
Green Chile Pork

Start by wearing the large roast into chunks 3-4 inches in size. Wearing the roast into small pieces gives you increasingly surface zone for the untried chile sauce and seasonings to flavor. The small pieces will moreover melt in less time than if you left the roast whole.

Dutch Oven Carnitas

It really starts with one simple step: Dump all ingredients into the pot with the pieces of pork roast. Then bring the ingredients up to a simmer over medium-high heat.

Place the covered pot or dutch oven into the oven that has been preheated to 300°F. Then walk yonder for 2 hours. When you come when to the oven without 2 hours you will find fork-tender falling untied chunks of pork.

Resist the urge to shred the pork. Instead, use a slotted spoon or tongs to thoughtfully transfer the pork to a foil-lined sultry sheet.

pork with untried chile surpassing broiling

Pulled Pork Dutch Oven

Preheat the oven to broil. Over upper heat on the stovetop, reduce the remaining liquids left in the pot. You want it all to thicken and melt it lanugo until there is well-nigh one cup remaining.

After the liquid is reduced, pull the pork pieces into 3-4 pieces from each chunk. Place those pieces into the liquid and requite them a little stir to coat.

Return the coated pieces of untried chile pork to the sultry sheet. Sizzle the pork chunks for 6-8 minutes or until the exterior becomes slightly crispy.

Remove from the oven and the pork is ready to serve. At this point, it is unchangingly untellable for me to resist sneaking a piece or two off of the pan.

pork bites on sheet pan
Freezer Directions

To make this superiority of time, skip the broiling step. Without a quick suffuse when in the liquid, sometimes I go superiority and freeze the untried chile pork in one-pound packages for future use.

When ready to eat the pork, thaw the pork in the refrigerator and then spread it out and well-done it on a sultry sheet in the oven.

crispy pork carnitas on sultry sheet

Pulled pork or carnitas in the dutch oven or slow cooker is the perfect meal on its own or as an ingredient in your favorite recipe.

An zillions of southwestern spices infuse this Green Chile Pulled Pork as it simmers in the Crock-Pot. The pork stays amazingly moist and juicy and the flavors are superstitious together.

For well-nigh 7 years now I’ve been making carnitas using this recipe for oven-roasted Pulled Pork Carnitas, and they are truly phenomenal that way too.

crispy pork carnitas on sultry sheet

Green Chile Carnitas

This untried chile pork is cooked until melt in your mouth tender; then roasted at upper temperature until the edges caramelize.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 248kcal


  • 4-5 lb boneless pork shoulder or stump roast cut into large 3-4" chunks
  • 1 onion halved
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground woebegone pepper
  • 1 cup chopped untried chile
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • fresh lime wedges for serving
  • fresh cilantro for serving


  • Adjust the oven rack to the lower middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 300°F. Combine all the ingredients in a dutch oven or a large pot with an oven-safe lid. Bring the pot to a simmer over medium-high heat. Once the pot is simmering, move the covered pot to the oven and melt for well-nigh 2 hours, until the meat is fork-tender and scrutinizingly falling apart.
  • Remove the pot from the oven and preheat the oven to broil. Use a slotted spoon or a set of tongs to remove the meat from the pot and place it on a large foil-lined sultry sheet. Place the pot over upper heat on the stove, for well-nigh 10-20 minutes. Boil it until the liquid is thick and syrup-like. There should be well-nigh 1 cup of liquid left in the pot.
  • While the liquid is humid and reducing, use tongs or a pair of forks to very gently pull each piece of pork into 3-4 pieces. Avoid shredding the pork at this point, it will be very tender. Once the liquid has wilt thick and syrup-like, remove it from the heat and place the pork when into the pot with the liquid. Gently fold the pieces into the liquid and try not to unravel them up further.
  • Transfer the coated pork when onto the sultry sheet, spreading it in just one layer wideness the pan. Place the sultry sheet when in the oven on the same lower middle shelf. Sizzle for 6-8 minutes, until the meat is quite browned and slightly crispy on the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and use your tongs or a large spatula to flip over each piece. Return the pan to the oven and sizzle the other side for 6-8 minutes, until both sides are well-browned and the edges are crisp. Serve warm, with a squeeze of lime and a sprinkling of cilantro, if desired.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 751mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg
carnitas with untried chile

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