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Try these Crispy Coca Cola-Infused Carnitas for Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Obviously this year's celebration will leave much to be desired, however, that's no reason to throw in the towel! 

Since we're not going to be able to gather in large groups, I thought it would be a good idea to share one of my most favorite recipes of all time: Coca Cola Infused Carnitas!

Crispy Pork Carnitas are tender and juicy on the inside, while deliciously crisp and golden on the edges! Mexican chefs have been using Coca Cola as a secret ingredient for their carnitas for decades and I'm here to share it with you!

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  • Carnitas
  • 4 pounds (or 2 kg) skinless, boneless pork butt (or shoulder)
  • 3-4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano (or Mexican oregano)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 large brown or white onion, cut into wedges
  • 8 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 large oranges, juiced (or 3/4 cup natural orange juice)
  • 3/4 cup coke (Original or Mexican coke is ideal) *
  • 2 bay leaves


Rinse and pat dry pork with a paper towel.

In the bowl of a 6-quart slow cooker, add pork, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, onion, garlic, lime juice, orange juice, coke, and bay leaves.

Cover and cook on low heat setting for 8-10 hours, or high heat for 5-6 hours (until the meat falls apart).

Remove pork and shred with two forks (DO NOT DISCARD THE LIQUID!)



Transfer the pork to a baking sheet lightly sprayed with cooking oil spray (or lined with aluminium foil or parchment paper).

Pour 1 ladle full (about 1 cup) of the liquid from the slow cooker over the pork to season. Broil for 5-10 minutes on high heat until the meat becomes golden browned and crispy on the edges.



Heat about 1 tablespoon of oil in a nonstick pan or cast-iron skillet over high heat. When pan is hot, add pork in batches of two or three, and sear until just beginning to crisp. Ladle over about 1/2 cup of left over liquid and continue cooking until the juices begin to reduce down and the meat is nice and crispy!



Season with a little extra salt and pepper if desired. Pour over more of the slow cooker juices once the meat has crisped for added flavor, just before serving! Serve in Tacos, Burritos, or in a salad!



*Coke with cane sugar instead of corn syrup is ideal, however you can use any coke. Alternatively, substitute with chicken broth (chicken stock).**If you don't like the sound of this particular carnitas recipe, try my tomato based crispy pulled pork!

Josh Garcia , Real Estate Associate
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty
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