Taco Truck style carnitas

Here's a very easy carnitas recipe. It's a short video (with some mistakes!) taken on my phone. I add cheese to my tacos. I think it tastes good and lets me know when to take off the pan once it melts. You can also substitute beef chuck if you want to use beef.


  • pork shoulder (bone in or boneless...whatever)
  • palm sized corn tortillas- don't use flour tortillas
  • Salt
  • Taco seasoning
  • Onion
  • Cilantro
  • shredded mexican blend cheese 
  • Hot sauce (I like tapatio)


The night before
  • 1/2 tsp salt per lb pork + 2 tsp taco seasoning per lb pork.
    •  12lbs of pork = 6 tsp salt (2 Tablespoons) + 24 tsp taco seasoning (1/2 cup)
  • Rub this over the pork. Try to do it evenly over the whole roast. I missed some spots in the video. Put it in fridge overnight in aluminum tray, covered
  • Dice onions and cilantro and store in fridge
The next morning

  • Place pork onto aluminum tray, fat side up if possible
  • set oven to 275 F and put in the pork
  • Go to work
  • 8 hrs later take it out and peel off the fat layer and discard
  • Pull meat apart and toss around with juice from tray. Don't shred it too much but spread the juice around.
  • heat a frying pan on medium/high
  • add a little oil to pan and add tortilla
  • put cheese on tortilla, then meat, onions, cilantro, hot sauce (I forgot this in video)
  • When the cheese is melted, the taco is ready.
  • You can do 3-4 tacos per frying pan. (could do up to 8 at a time on stove)


Unknown said…
Not bad!
Another tip is once the pork is done you can also cut up into smaller pieces and put it onto a baking tray (line it with foil first, for easy clean up) into the oven, broil for about 4-5 minutes. It gives the carnitas a nice crunchy texture. And you can just warm up the tortillas with cheese in the mean time and then just add the carnitas and toppings. Pico de Gallo is also a good salsa to put over the tacos. And for best flavor it's always good to have some lime.
Anonymous said…
Thank you! I love taco truck tacos! Ever since I moved to Gracepoint Austin, I've been enjoying breakfast tacos here in Texas, but I really miss those taco truck tacos from Berkeley/Oakland, especially "el pastor" tacos. :)

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