Definition of carnitas in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɑːˈniːtəz/

plural noun

(In Mexican cooking) braised or roasted pork served shredded in small pieces, often as a filling in tacos, burritos, etc. there are plenty of street vendors selling everything from hamburgers to tacos filled with carnitas
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  • Beach Burrito Cafe has recently added carnitas to their menu - my current fave burrito there.
  • With Ms. Bearden as guide and companion, I go from a shrimp taco to pork carnitas on a bun to stewed goat meat in a bowl, called birria.
  • Besides, you could get pork carnitas at the grocery, already marinated and ready to go.


Mexican Spanish, literally 'little pieces of meat'.

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