Meaning of carnitas in English:


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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My preference is usually for the carnitas (marinated and pulled pork) but the steak is almost equally delicious.’
    • ‘The carnitas had the right flavour, but £12 for a good deal of fat was a bit steep.’
    • ‘Everything we tried on our recent visit was delicious, particularly the slow-roasted pork carnitas, the spit-roasted chicken and the grilled corn.’
    • ‘The carnitas - as either a burrito or alone - are fantastic.’
    • ‘In the town of Tepatitlan in Jalisco, Mexico, he discovered the secret to delicious carnitas.’
    • ‘If you are into Mexican food they serve menudo, fajitas, various types of tacos, enchiladas, carnitas, rice, beans and more.’
    • ‘But is it possible to get great carnitas in a restaurant where you can actually sit down, hear some music and maybe get a margarita or two?’


Mexican Spanish, literally ‘little pieces of meat’.