This carnitas burrito is stuffed with everything you could possibly want: crispy pork carnitas, cilantro rice, cheese, beans, pico, guacamole, and lettuce.
I give you two ways to make the carnitas. You can do it in the slow cooker or in the oven. Once the carnitas is made, these burritos take less than 30 minutes to roll up! This is a super family-friendly meal that everyone will love!
Why you’ll love this burrito recipe
- Easy to make
- Everyone can customize their burrito
- They taste really good
🥘 Ingredients / Substitutions
Tortillas: You can use 8 burrito-sized tortillas, or you can do 16 taco-sized tortillas. The smaller tortillas are great for kids, or if you just want a smaller burrito.
Shredded Cheese: You can use a Mexican blend, Monterey jack, or pepper jack.
Cilantro Rice: You can do cilantro rice, lime rice, plain rice, or Spanish rice.
Shredded Carnitas: I have two ways to make carnitas (more on that below). I typically buy a 2 ½ - 3 pound pork butt that makes a little over 3 cups of carnitas meat.
Beans: You can use either pinto or black beans.
Pico de Gallo: You can make homemade pico or buy it at the store. You can also substitute it for diced tomatoes or salsa.
Guacamole: If you don’t feel like making it at home, you can buy premade guacamole at the store.
Lettuce: Some like lettuce on their burritos, and some hate it. I’m a fan.
🔪 How to Make Carnitas Burrito
1. Prepare the Tortilla: Warm the tortilla up on a large skillet
2. Fill the Tortilla: Down the middle of the tortilla, Spread ¼ cup of cheese, ¼ cup of rice, ⅓ cup of carnitas, 2tablespoons of beans, ¼ cup of Pico de Gallo, 2tablespoons of guacamole, and ¼ cup of lettuce.
3. Roll the Tortillas: Roll the burrito. You can toast each burrito side in a skillet over medium heat if you want.
🥗 How to make Carnitas
I have two recipes for making carnitas:
- Dutch Oven: It takes about 3 hours. Add all the ingredients to a Dutch oven, then bake in the oven for a couple of hours. You can then crisp the carnitas in a skillet.
- Slow Cooker: This takes 4-8 hours. You add all the ingredients into a slow cooker, then once the meat is done, broil it in the oven until it gets crispy.
If you need help with sides for your burrito, check out these 13 sides to serve with carnitas.
🥡 How to Store
Only make the number of burritos you plan on eating. Store any leftover ingredients separately for up to 3-4 days in the fridge.
Caritas is made from pork, more specifically, pork shoulder/butt.
You can put whatever you want in it. Typically it includes rice, cheese, carnitas, beans, and vegetables (like tomato, onion, and avocado).
Homemade rice, pico de gallo, and guacamole are great, but if you don’t have the time to make them, your grocery store sells them premade.
Guacamole and pico would be in the vegetable section. Rice mixes and microwavable rice in the rice aisle.
The Ultimate Carnitas Burrito Recipe
- 8 burrito-sized flour tortillas
- 2 cups shredded cheese like Mexican, Monterey jack, or pepper jack
- 2 cups cilantro rice you can also use white rice or Spanish rice
- 2 ⅔ cups shredded carnitas* you can make carnitas in a slow cooker or dutch oven
- 1 cup beans pinto or black beans
- 2 cups pico de gallo you can also use diced tomatoes or salsa
- 1 cups guacamole
- 2 cups lettuce
- Warm one tortilla on a large skillet.
- Place the tortilla on a plate. Down the middle, spread ¼ cup of cheese, ¼ cup of rice, ⅓ cup of carnitas, 2 tablespoons of beans, ¼ cup of pico de gallo, 2 tablespoons of guacamole, and ¼ cup of lettuce.
- Roll the burrito. If you want, you can toast each side of the burrito in a skillet over medium heat.