Carnitas Tacos with Homemade Tortillas

Total Time:
10 hr 50 min
20 min
Inactive Prep:
8 hr
2 hr 30 min
16 to 20 servings


  • 8 pounds pork shoulder
  • 2 pounds lard
  • 4 oranges, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 4 cups masa flour
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • Fresh jalapenos, for serving
  • Sliced radishes, for serving
  • Special equipment: Tortilla press


For the dry rub:
Mix together the brown sugar, chili powder, curry powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and salt.

For the pork:
Coat the pork shoulder with the dry rub. Refrigerate overnight.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Sear the pork shoulder on all side, and then add the lard and oranges. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the pork is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, about 2 hours. Transfer meat to a large bowl and shred.

For the tortillas:
Mix together the masa flour with 3 1/2 cups of water in a large bowl until combined. Meanwhile, place a cast-iron skillet over high heat. Roll the masa mixture into small balls and use the tortillas press to flatten the dough into tortillas. Place the tortillas in the skillet for 2 to 3 minutes, and then flip and repeat on the other side.

Serve the shredded pork with sliced jalapenos and sliced radishes on homemade tortillas.


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