This delicious and authentic Keto Carnitas recipe is the yields perfectly tender and crispy carnitas for tacos, salads, burritos, bowls, enchiladas, and more!

Keto Carnitas

Authentic Carnitas Recipe by Cast Iron Keto

The first bite of this Keto Carnitas made question how could something be so crispy, yet so incredibly juicy at the same time? had carnitas before, but nothing like this.

All the carnitas have tried pale in comparison to this version. The problem with some recipes for carnitas is they end up too dry, and the final product needs a sauce. Or the carnitas is not crispy and just taste like pulled pork which is not the point of carnitas.

INGREDIENTS IN THIS KETO CARNITAS RECIPE

  • fatty pork shoulder (NOT trimmed!)
  • lard (yes, lard) PLEASE do not use Crisco or vegetable shortening.
  • salt
  • garlic cloves
  • jalapeños or another pepper
  • water
Keto Carnitas

HOW TO MAKE THIS KETO CARNITAS RECIPE:

  1. You’ll start by cutting the pork into large pieces. This helps the pork cook more evenly.
  2. Next, add the pork to your Dutch oven along with the remaining ingredients. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Cover.
  3. Cook for 45 minutes, uncover, turn to medium-high to burn off the remaining water.
  4. The pork will now start to cook in its own fat (both the fat from the pork and the added lard).
  5. Continue to brown the meat until your level of crispiness is reached (like it SUPER crispy!)

HOW TO STORE:

We store the carnitas in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to one week. We have also frozen the carnitas which makes an easy way to have a protein option on hand from busy days. Simply freeze the carnitas in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months.

Keto Carnitas

Other recipes you might like to try: Potato Cauliflower Salad, Cheese Keto Tacos Shells, Keto Beef Empanadas

Keto Carnitas

Keto Carnitas

This delicious and authentic Keto Carnitas recipe is the yields perfectly tender and crispy carnitas for tacos, salads, burritos, bowls,enchiladas, and more!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 338 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs fatty pork shoulder
  • 1/4 cup lard
  • Enough water to cover
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 jalapeno or poblano or anaheim pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place all of the ingredients in a large cast-iron dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for about 45 minutes until pork is tender.
  • Remove the lid and turn the heat to medium-high to reduce the liquid. Once the liquid is reduced the meat will start to fry in its fat.
  • Brown the meat over medium-low heat stirring frequently and breaking the pork apart with the back of the spoon or spatula until pork is evenly browned and crispy, this takes about 15 minutes. Taste for salt and serve.

Notes

This recipe is super scalable, just adjust to the same ratios and always make sure the pork is covered with water by 1/2″.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Nutrition Facts
Keyword carnitas, Easy Keto Recipe, Easy Recipe

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