Stay on budget: How to make the beloved Chipotle Pork Carnitas at home

Chipotle Pork Carnitas is one of the most popular meat options at Chipotle. The best part is  you can recreate this recipe at home and save some money in an effortless way.

If you are craving some Tex-Mex food but you don’t want to spend money and time going 
there, especially now during the pandemic, here is a copycat recipe you can easily recreate at 
home.

For its Carnitas, Chipotle uses a savory spice mix that includes thyme, bay leaves, salt, and cracked black pepper. But the one thing that makes the carnitas so special is the addition of juniper berries.

Here’s what you need: 

4 pounds pork roast
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons juniper berries
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 or 3 bay leaves

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Over medium heat, add sunflower oil to a Dutch oven. Season roast with salt. When the oil is hot, saute roast on all sides for about 3 minutes on each side. 
This will brown the roast a bit. Add water, bay leaves, thyme, juniper berries, and ground black pepper to the Dutch oven. Place lid on the pan and cook for 3 to 4 hours in the oven. Turn roast over in the pot every hour or so. Turning the roast will ensure the flavors go through the roast. Remove roast from the oven. Allow resting for about 20 minutes. Then pull the meat apart with two forks. Serve and enjoy!

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