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Pulled Pork Carnitas

All good things take time. This Pulled Pork Carnitas recipe is no exception. Just make sure you prepare enough for second helpings.

15 min
3 hours, 10 minutes
3 hours, 25 minutes


  • 1 1⁄2tsp salt
  • 3⁄4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 (4 pound) pork shoulder, fat trimmed
  • 1 bottle + 1 cup of HERDEZ® Taqueria Street Sauce, separated
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle pineapple or grapefruit soda made with real sugar
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Purple onion, chopped
  • Cilantro, Chopped
  • Queso fresco, crumbled


  1. Heat oven to 300° F
  2. In small bowl, combine salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder. Rub mixture over pork.
  3. In Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add pork; sear 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned on all sides.
  4. Add 1 bottle HERDEZ® Taqueria Street Sauce and soda. Cover and transfer to oven. Bake 2 to 3 hours or until meat is fork tender.
  5. Transfer roasted pork from pot to a bowl leaving juices in the pot. Place pot over high heat and bring liquid to a boil stirring often. Simmer for 10 minutes until liquid has reduced to about 1 cup.
  6. Shred pork with a fork and return to liquid. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  7. Serve meat with corn tortillas, remaining HERDEZ® Taqueria Street Sauce, onion, cilantro and Queso Fresca.