Cooking Authentic Carnitas with RJ Legend Utensils

Posted by Fernando Acosta on

Mexican cuisine is a tapestry of flavors and traditions, weaving together a rich culinary heritage that spans generations. At the heart of this vibrant landscape lies a dish that embodies the essence of Mexican cooking - "Cazo para Carnitas."

This traditional cooking vessel has been at the center of countless family gatherings, celebrations, and street food feasts throughout Mexico. Join us as we delve into the world of "Cazo para Carnitas" and discover how RJ Legend utensils elevate the process of crafting this cherished Mexican delicacy.



What you will need


  • 2 pounds (about 900 grams) boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from 2-3 oranges)
  • 2 tablespoons lard or cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup water


Macronutrients (4 Servings):

Calories: 300 calories

Protein: 25 grams

Carbohydrates: 2 grams 

Fat: 20 grams


Marinate Pork: In a big bowl, mix minced garlic, chopped onion, ground cumin, dried oregano, bay leaves, and a pinch of salt. Add pork chunks and coat them with this mixture. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes (or longer in the fridge).

Sear Pork: Heat lard or cooking oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add the marinated pork and cook until it's browned on all sides (about 5-7 minutes).

Add Liquid: Pour in the freshly squeezed orange juice and water. Stir to mix everything.

Simmer: Reduce heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and let it simmer gently for 2-3 hours until the pork is very tender. Stir occasionally and add more water if needed to prevent sticking.

Crisp Up: Remove the lid, increase the heat to medium-high, and cook while stirring occasionally until the liquid has evaporated, and the pork becomes crispy (about 20-30 minutes).

Skim Fat: Use a spoon to remove any extra fat from the carnitas.

Adjust Seasoning: Taste and add more salt if needed.

Serve: Use the ladle to serve your carnitas. Enjoy them in tacos, burritos, or as a main dish with rice and beans.


Serving and Presentation

The moment has arrived to savor the fruits of your labor and present your delectable carnitas. RJ Legend's 304 Stainless Steel Soup Ladle and 304 Stainless Steel Pasta Strainer, play a vital role in this final act. The serving ladle allows you to scoop generous portions of carnitas with ease, while the pasta strainer ensures that any excess liquid is drained, leaving behind the perfect carnitas for plating. Whether you're serving a family dinner or a festive gathering, RJ Legend's utensils make the serving and presentation of your "Cazo para Carnitas" a visually appealing and satisfying experience.



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Soup Ladle

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