Kirk’s Carnitas


  • 3 fresh marjoram sprigs
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium white onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2 inch cubes – do not trim the fat
  • Corn taco tortillas


Place the marjoram, garlic, coriander seeds and bay leaf in a small piece of cheese cloth and tie it tightly with butchers twine. Place the bundle in a dutch oven along with the onion and salt. Arrange the onion in a single layer and add just enough water to cover the meat. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Skim and discard any foam that floats to the surface using a large spoon. Simmer, skimming the surface and turning the pork pieces occasionally until the meat is tender and just beginning to shred apart, about 2 1/2 hours.

Remove and discard the herb packet and onions. Increase the heat to medium high until the remaining fat evaporates and the rendered fat coats the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to low and let the meat fry in the fat , turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 20 minutes. (Next time, try browning a bit less). Remove and discard any large pieces of rendered fat and serve the carnitas in warmed taco shells with toppings.

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