[kahr-nee-tuh z; Spanish kahr-nee-tahs]

plural noun Mexican Cookery.

small or shredded pieces of crisp roast pork, eaten as a snack, used as a filling for burritos, etc.

Origin of carnitas

< Mexican Spanish, plural of carnita, equivalent to Spanish carn(e) meat (< Latin carnem, accusative of carō flesh, meat) + -ita diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carnitas

Historical Examples of carnitas

  • I stepped into the nearest burrito joint and ordered one with carnitas -- shredded pork -- and extra salsa.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow