If you're not sure what to serve with carnitas, I've got you covered with 25 of the best side dishes and sauces to accompany your delicious carnitas! I have gathered up Mexican dishes from my own recipe collection and several from my fellow food bloggers, with lots to choose from, including healthier and ww friendly recipes! I have everything from Mexican street corn, to rice to refried beans and soup!
Carnitas are popular any time of the year, but especially during Cinco de Mayo. This post was inspired by my delicious Slow Cooker Pork Pineapple Carnitas.
My Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Carnitas, made with pork shoulder, is the ideal main dish to accompany these side dishes, as they are easy to cook in the slow cooker. Carnitas, the Mexican version of pulled pork, is a dish that pulled pork lovers are sure to enjoy. This recipe is loaded with flavorful ingredients such as grilled pineapple, red onion, and fresh cilantro, resulting in a spicy, fresh, and delicious taste.
This is a great recipe because it's so versatile! You can make them into carnitas tacos, which can be served with warm tortillas (gluten-free with corn tortillas, or use flour tortillas). This pork carnitas recipe can also be served over rice, as a nacho topping or in quesadillas.
What to serve with carnitas
Elevate the classic deviled eggs with a delicious Mexican twist, that are not only easy to prepare but also serve as a perfect appetizer for parties, protein-packed snacks, Game Day events, or even holiday side dishes. These deviled eggs are also ww friendly.
Satisfy your taste buds with this Mexican stuffed sweet potato, which brings together the delectable flavors of a spicy taco inside a double-baked sweet potato. This dish features an easy homemade spicy taco seasoning, complemented by fresh tomato, crisp lettuce, and cheddar cheese, and a creamy finish of sour cream. It's a perfect fusion of textures and tastes that's sure to leave you wanting more.
Do you have tomatillos on hand? You can prepare a delicious tomatillo salsa using this recipe for homemade salsa verde, which offers three different methods: raw green salsa, roasted tomatillo salsa, and avocado salsa verde.
This Fiesta Salad is an ideal make-ahead side dish that is both nutritious and perfect for your next BBQ, picnic, potluck, or meal preparation.
Equipment will vary, depending on the recipe. For the pork carnitas, you'll need a large frying pan. Some of these recipes require slow cooking (including the carnitas) so you'll need a slow cooker and some require a food processor (affiliate links).
Storage recommendations will be listed in the individual recipes.
👪 Serving Size
The servings will be listed for each recipe. However, most recipes have adjustable serving sizes. You can half, double, or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust.
- Cook shredded pork for carnitas to an internal minimum temperature of 195 degrees F - 204 degrees F (90-95 degrees C). You can shred the pork at 195 degrees F.
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
- Never leave cooking food unattended
So if you're looking for Mexican cuisine or tasty sides to accompany your delicious meal of carnitas, you'll love these recipes!