Sous Vide Carnitas

Sous Vide Carnitas


Well, tacos.
Carnitas | Dixie Chik CooksI want a taco truck!! I think I would do fabulously; I would never run out of taco ideas.


Since sous vide cooking is my latest method addiction, I had to go and sous vide this. I just can’t get enough of it.

Remember this?
IMG 4749So, today I made my carnitas sous vide, then threw them on a hot ass grill to get a nice sear before I chopped it all up.

Sous vide is so easy because really all you have to do is babysit it. You set the temp, throw your food in a tightly sealed bag in the water and set a timer. I LOVE it.

I used Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Roast – it was so tender.

After the pork is done, these are very easy to put together. This isn’t a mandatory thing, but I like to grill my tortillas – it gives the taco another texture dimension that I just love. The slaw is so good and can actually be used for lots of things, you could put it on a burger or eat it as a side with BBQ. (Yes; it has jalapenos in it).

Don’t forget to squeeze extra lime!

Here’s your printable-

Sous Vide Carnitas

Sous Vide Carnitas

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes


For the Carnitas

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Mexican oregano
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 1/2 lbs pork shoulder (also known as 'pork butt')
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil

For the Slaw

  • 1 bag angel hair slaw
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1 cup pickled jalapenos, diced

For the Sour Cream Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce

The Rest

  • Flour tortillas
  • White cheddar, shredded
  • Fresh limes, quartered
  • Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped


  1. For the Carnitas
  2. Combine the oil through lime juice to make a rub.
  3. Rub the pork shoulder, place in a gallon size zip lock bag and sous vide for 1 1/2 hours, or until internal temperature is 145 degrees.
  4. Remove from bag, heat sunflower oil over medium high heat (or grill) and sear carnitas on each side about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Chop pork.
  6. For the Slaw
  7. Combine all ingredients thoroughly; refrigerate until ready to use.
  8. For the Sour Cream Sauce
  9. Combine ingredients in a shaker or jar.
  10. Assemble tacos by adding pork, white cheddar, slaw and sour cream sauce. Squeeze more lime juice, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 832Total Fat: 67gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 43gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 2660mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 38g

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Michele @ Bacon Fatte

    Your carnitas tacos look just amazing!! I really need to get on the sous vide bus… YUM!

  2. Hadia

    My mouth is watering! This looks superbly delicious!

  3. Caroline

    I have yet to try sous vide but I know it makes things easy – looks delicious!

  4. Lynn Elliott Vining

    After reading this one, I told my hubby I had to have a Sous Vide machine! He rolled his eyes, then I showed him the picture! He said for me to start saving the money! LOL Looks amazing Shea!

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