[ kahr-nee-tuhz; Spanish kahr-nee-tahs ]
/ kɑrˈni təz; Spanish kɑrˈni tɑs /
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plural noun Mexican Cooking.
small or shredded pieces of crisp roast pork, eaten as a snack, used as a filling for burritos, etc.
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Origin of carnitas
<Mexican Spanish, plural of carnita, equivalent to Spanish carn(e) meat (<Latin carnem, accusative of carō flesh, meat) + -ita diminutive suffix
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The smell of simmering carnitas filled the air as families, mostly locals, filled the bright orange banquettes.Best Mexican Food in New York City: The Daily Beast Takes a Tour|Michelle Gross|May 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I stepped into the nearest burrito joint and ordered one with carnitas -- shredded pork -- and extra salsa.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow