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You had to know I was going to do something with yesterday’s carnitas?!

Mexican Carnitas Bar | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I have been dreaming about this Mexican carnitas bar for months, and I am so excited to tell you about it!

I mean, as you can see, this bar is super fun, and relatively simple to throw together since you can use a mix of homemade and store-bought ingredients. Obviously you need to make a batch of these carnitas, but from there on out, the options for the bar are pretty much endless.

Oh ok, you definitely need things like salsa and guacamole, but again, isn’t that obvious?

Mexican Carnitas Bar | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Let’s just break this carnitas bar down piece by piece, k??

…first up you need to make your carnitas. The best part about these carnitas is that you can make them well in advance (I’m talking a day or two) and I swear they get better with time. So good. So make your carnitas and make a lot, maybe even a double batch if you’re serving a crowd.

You need to choose all your carnitas bar toppings. For me, this meant “leave nothing out”… like nothing.

….yummy oven baked french fries for making things like carnitas fries…aka carnitas nachos, but on fries. YUM.

…crispy sweet potato rounds for topping tacos or making nachos.

pineapple pico de gallo – cause pineapple is the bestest.

…charred corn salsa… I mean, duh.

charred tomatillo salsa or just salsa verde…or BOTH! 🙂

…all the guacamole you can possibly make…with plenty of chips for scooping.

…fresh cilantro, jalapeños, radishes and limes.

…CHEESE – again, duh.

…black beans.

cilantro lime rice for burrito bowls.

…warm corn or flour tortilla…for tacos, burritos, basically as a way to load up on the carnitas and toppings.

And DONE. Mexican Carnitas Bar complete!

Mexican Carnitas Bar | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvestMexican Carnitas Bar | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Mexican Carnitas Bar | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Essentially this is just a fancy taco bar, but really you can get creative and add any taco/Mexican inspired topping and food you love. Like I said, you can make things easy and use store-bought salsa or make your own, but just be sure you have lots and lots of salsa…oh, and guacamole.

Really, can you ever have too much salsa and guacamole?

No never.

The only thing left needed to complete your Mexican feast is a margarita, or maybe a fruity ingredient pineapple chelada? Maybe both?

Are you guys thinking what I want you to be thinking?!?! That come this time next Thursday (Cinco de Mayo!!) you’ll be enjoying this epic carnitas bar and kicking back like it’s a Friday??

Let the planning begin!

YESSS.

Mexican Carnitas Bar | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Mexican Carnitas Bar!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 448 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 recipe pork [Carnitas | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/mexican-carnitas-bar/]
  • 1 recipe french fries see below
  • 1 recipe sweet potato rounds see below
  • 1 recipe corn salsa see below
  • black beans
  • jalapeños or pickled jalapeños
  • 1 recipe [pineapple pico de gallo | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/hawaiian-carne-asada-fries-with-pineapple-pico-de-gallo/]
  • 1 batch [guacamole | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/pomegranate-guacamole-with-fried-plantain-chips/]
  • [sesame tomatillo salsa | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/bulgogi-bbq-pork-tacos-with-charred-tomatillo-sesame-sauce-spring-onion-slaw/] and or salsa verde
  • warm corn or flour tortillas
  • [cilantro lime rice | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/chipotle-mexican-steak-and-rice-burritos/]
  • shredded cheddar and pepper jack cheese
  • fresh cilantro + green onions

French Fries

  • 4 inch russet potatoes peeled (if desired) and sliced into thin 1/4- to 1/2 inch (thick) strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt + 1 teaspoon pepper

Sweet Potato Rounds

  • 2 sweet potatoes cut into thin rounds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt + pepper

Corn Salsa

  • 3 ears fresh corn husk removed
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • kosher salt to taste

Instructions

French Fries

  • Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place the potatoes on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt + pepper. Gently toss with your hands or two spatulas to evenly coat. Bake for 20 minutes, remove and toss, then bake for 15-20 minutes longer. I like to start checking them at 15 minutes and make sure that none are burning or getting too crisp.

Sweet Potato Rounds

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place the sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt + pepper. Gently toss with your hands or two spatulas to evenly coat. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then flip and bake for 15-20 minutes more. You want the sweet potatoes to be tender, but crisp.

Corn Salsa

  • Preheat the broiler to HIGH.
  • Place the corn, poblano peppers and jalapeno on a baking sheet. Broil for about 5 minutes or until the veggies are lightly charred all over. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Cut the corn kernels away from the cob and add to a bowl. Seed the poblano peppers and the jalapeno, then dice. Add to the bowl with the corn. Add the lime juice, cilantro and a pinch of salt, toss well. Taste and adjust salt as needed.

Mexican Carnitas Bar | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

OK cool… on to the Mexican Carnitas Bar! Done and DONE. 🙂

Mexican Carnitas Bar | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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    1. Hey Judy,
      Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! xTieghan

  1. I love all the posts, I really enjoyed, I would like more information about this, because it is very nice. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I made burrito bowls with the carnitas tonight and – holy crap – it’s the best meal I’ve ever made. I just had to pry myself away from my meal to comment on this post because the recipe is THAT good. Thank you so much for sharing – this is going into my permanent recipe rotation!

      1. Thank YOU for sharing such an awesome, company-worthy-if-I-don’t-eat-the-whole-thing-myself, recipe 🙂

  3. I love that you keep giving me more and more Mexican recipes! I seriously need to have a fiesta!

  4. YUM – Though living in Canada doesn’t give me much of a reason to celebrate CInco de Mayo, I think just this carnitas bar is a reason to turn next Thursday into a Mexican celebration.

  5. This carnitas bar looks like so much fun. I can just imagine everyone having a fantastic time creating their tacos. A total fiesta. Thanks, Tieghan!

  6. I would go to ANY party that had this carnitas bar! Of course, my husband and I would be the most likely of all our family and friends to hog wild like this…pun intended!

  7. I love these kinds of posts!! You have me craving Mexican food at 8 AM…which I’m okay with. Tacos for breakfast it is! 😉

  8. YUM! I could survive on Mexican food, it’s my absolute favorite. Love this idea for Cinco de Mayo! It’s also my boyfriend’s birthday that day – bookmarking this for a potential party idea 🙂

  9. OMG, I’m so in for this carnitas fiesta! This whole bar would be such a hit with my gang of peoples, it’s not even funny. Thanks for the inspiration Tieghan!