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Mexican Carnitas Bar!

This bar is super fun, and relatively simple to throw together since you can use a mix of homemade and store-bought ingredients.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 25 mins
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 448kcal


  • 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


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.


Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 996mg | Potassium: 742mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 5220IU | Vitamin C: 93.6mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 2.4mg