Peach Carnitas

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I’ve been perfecting my carnitas over time. For me, there’s nothing better than slow-cooking pork shoulder on a weekend afternoon. Along with my special blend of spices, onion, and fruit to keep everything tender, you’re set up for success with this recipe. I know large pieces of meat can be intimidating to cook, but actually, this recipe takes little skill.



  • 2.5-3lb bone-in pork shoulder

  • Sea salt

  • 1 tbsp turmeric

  • 1 tbsp coriander

  • 2 tsp chipotle powder

  • 2 tsp garam masala

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • Avocado oil

  • 2.5-3lb bone-in pork shoulder

  • 1 red onion

  • 2 ripe peaches

  • Water



  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees F

  2. Generously salt pork shoulder, set aside

  3. In small bowl, mix spices (turmeric, coriander, chipotle powder, garam masala, cinnamon)

  4. Cover salted pork shoulder with spice mixture and let sit at room temperature while you prepare other ingredients

  5. Chop red onion into 8 wedges, set aside

  6. Halve peaches, remove pits, and chop into 8 wedges, set aside

  7. Heat generous portion of avocado oil in dutch oven over medium-high heat

  8. Add pork shoulder to pot, brown first side (about 5 minutes)

  9. Flip pork shoulder to brown opposite side (about 5 minutes)

  10. Add red onion, peaches (coat with spices from meat)

  11. Add water (about a ½ cup) to the pot

  12. After browning is complete, transfer to pre-heated oven

  13. Roast for 2 hours

  14. At 2 hours, remove roast, flip, stir onion and peaches, replace in oven

  15. Roast for an additional hour

  16. Remove pot from oven, remove bone from meat, and shred meat using two forks (meat should easily “fall” apart)

  17. Serve with your favorites sides, or along with Crispy Cinnamon Chickpeas, Herb-Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes, couscous, chopped herbs, and almond yogurt

Summer Tacos: Peach Carnitas Taco (lower left), Zucchini Flower Taco (upper right)

Summer Tacos: Peach Carnitas Taco (lower left), Zucchini Flower Taco (upper right)


Recipe Key


Best in: Summer

Best for: Suitable to all doshas in mindful quantities (particularly supportive to pitta-dosha)


  • To winterize this recipe, swap the peaches for two oranges. Cook as directed.