Carnitas (or Mexican pulled pork) is such a versatile dish, and the best part is that it makes loads of leftovers, which can be used in SO MANY GREAT LEFTOVER RECIPES! Check out these 15 Leftover Carnitas Recipes, so you never have to wonder what to make with carnitas!
What are carnitas?
"Carnitas" literally means "little meats" and it's a dish of spiced pork that is simmered slowly until it comes tender enough to shred or pull into little pieces. Carnitas originated from Mexico, but many Latin American countries have their own version of carnitas with different spices.
I've never had a carnitas dish I didn't like. Carnitas are always so flavorful and versatile!
And the best part is that leftover carnitas can be used in so many dishes the next day, so it's always a good idea to make a really large batch.
Below you'll find some amazing ideas for how to use leftover carnitas. Everything from carnitas bowls, casseroles, soup with carnitas, as well asmore snack-like dishes, like empanadas.
So dig in!!
Oh, and if you need a really amazing flavorful recipe for carnitas, try this Cinnamon Chipotle Spiced Pulled Pork. AAAMAZING!
Leftover Carnitas Recipes
Go ahead, make a really large batch of carnitas because there are so many delicious ways to use the leftovers!
Use leftover carnitas in this amazing sweet potato skillet! So many delicious flavors in this dinner. This is a go-to weeknight recipe for us because it is so customizable with whatever add-ins your have on hand!
Adding cheese and a tortilla makes EVERYTHING better! I love this 10-minute dinner idea of adding leftover carnitas, black beans, and cheese to a tortilla and toasting in a pan to make the easiest, most delicious quesadillas. Serve with some pineapple pico de gallo or charred corn salsa as well as sour cream and guacamole.
Use carnitas as a topping for a baked potato, or serve them for a baked potato bar! And make sure to check out this other great recipe roundup of canned potato recipes!
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Use leftover carnitas as an empanada filling! Add a little bit of cheese too. So good!
Spanish Potato Soup
This creamy, warm and slightly spicy Spanish Potato Soup is comfort food at its best. Buttery Yukon Gold potatoes are cooked in a broth flavored with onion, red pepper, garlic, cumin, oregano, and paprika. Add some sour cream, cheese and pork carnitas and serve with warm tortillas or bread to sop up all that delicious broth.
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This low-carb Cuban casserole is an easy variation of the classic Cuban sandwich. Made with leftover shredded pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and a creamy cheesy Dijon mustard sauce, it’s a delicious and hearty meal that the whole family will love.
Easy Carnitas Nachos
With crunchy corn tortilla chips, crispy-edged pulled pork, and plenty of melted cheese, Carnitas Nachos are irresistible.
Carnitas Breakfast Skillet
This breakfast skillet combines juicy leftover carnitas with potatoes and eggs, and is fried in a skillet on the stovetop. Such a delicious weekend breakfast or brunch!
Serve leftover carnitas with a mac and cheese bar!
Comforting Carnitas Stew
Comforting Carnitas Stew—w hat a quintessential comfort food! Full of hearty beans & pork with bursts of crisp-tender sweetness from the corn and bell pepper, but and an underlying warmth from the seasoned carnitas and chipotle pepper.
Quinoa Veggie Carnitas Bowls
Here's a healthy, delicious way to use leftover carnitas: in quinoa bowls! Top quinoa with delicious carnitas, all kinds of veggies, fresh herbs, and a jalapeño cream sauce.
Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls
Pair leftover carnitas with rice and add your favorite toppings for an easy lunch or dinner!
This carnitas pizza from is topped with sticky pineapple juice slow cooked beef and tomatillo sauce, mozzarella, peppers and onions.
Mulitas with Carnitas
A mix between a soft taco and quesadilla, Mulitas will quickly become your favorite Mexican recipe. Mulitas are a street food staple of the LA food truck scene. Two corn tortillas are loaded up with tender carnitas and melted cheese and garnished with your favorite toppings.
Tortas Ahogadas (Drowned Sandwiches)
If you like saucy, messy, and delicious, you're going to love these drowned sandwiches made with carnitas!
Have you ever tried Mexican Lasagna? It's so good made with carnitas and makes large portions, ensuring you'll have leftovers and don't have to cook again tomorrow. If you like the idea, try my take on Mexican Lasagna made with ground beef!
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