plural noun
car·​ni·​tas | \ kär-ˈnē-təz How to pronounce carnitas (audio) , -ˈnē-täs \

Definition of carnitas

: small chunks or strips of meat and especially pork that are fried or roasted until crisp and are sometimes served in a burrito or taco John picked up two six-packs of Michelob and cooked carnitas on his back porch.— Dagoberto Gilb … I had made carnitas—that irresistible Mexican pork shoulder braised for hours with spices, then fried in its own fat until crisp …— Mark Bittman

First Known Use of carnitas

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carnitas

borrowed from Mexican Spanish, plural of carnita, diminutive of Spanish carne "meat," going back to Latin carn, carō "flesh, meat" — more at carnal

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4 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Carnitas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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