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Carnitas made with Coke


Adapted from Roberto SantibaƱez
Course Entree
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword carnitas
Author TheSpicedLife


  • 8 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1/2 medium-large white onion roughly chopped
  • 1 T dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 t dried thyme
  • 5 t kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 lbs boneless pork shoulder cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Place the first 6 ingredients into a blender. Blitz smooth, and then mix in the Coke.
  3. Place the pork chunks into a large, heavy pot, such as a Dutch oven. Pour the pureed mixture over the pork. Add the bay leaves. Cover with a heavy lid and place in the oven. Let braise until tender for about 2 hours.
  4. Raise the heat to 425 F. Uncover the pot and let the moisture cook out of the pork for 30 minutes. It will eventually be frying in its own fat, at which point start tossing the pork every 10-15 minutes. It should crispy on the outside but meltingly tender in the middle. When it has reached this point, about 30-45 minutes, it is ready to serve.
  5. Serve with corn tortillas, chopped onions and cilantro, and some Taqueria Style Guacamole or some other kind of salsa.