Vita Coco

Vita Coco's Carnitas Tacos

These carnitas tacos from Vita Coco, served hot and ready to go, are always a crowd pleaser.


16 oz. Vita Coco Coconut Water

2 lbs. pork shoulder

4 chopped ancho chile peppers

1 sliced white onion

3 crushed garlic cloves

1 tsp salt (or more to taste)

1 thinly sliced red onion

1 cup lime juice

pinch of salt

Fresh cilantro for garnish

Your favorite tortillas for assembly


  1. Rub pork shoulders with salt before marinating with coconut water, ancho chile peppers, sliced white onion, crushed garlic cloves. Marinate overnight.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat your oven to 300℉.
  3. Braise pork in a covered pan for 2 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, marinate your shaved red onion in lime juice and a pinch of salt.
  5. Remove pork from the oven and pull apart.
  6. Heat up tortillas, add pork, red onions, and cilantro. 

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