Mushroom Carnitas

As someone who has been experimenting with mushroom cultivation for years, I have come to appreciate the incredible versatility of this fungi. One of my favorite mushroom-based recipes is mushroom carnitas. This vegetarian twist on the traditional Mexican pork dish is not only delicious but also packed with rich flavors and textures.


To make mushroom carnitas, you will need:

  • 2 pounds of mushrooms (such as oyster, shiitake, or portobello)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


To start, I clean and slice the mushrooms, removing any tough stems. Then, in a large skillet, I sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil until they are translucent. Next, I add the mushrooms and let them cook until they release their moisture and begin to brown.

Once the mushrooms have caramelized, I sprinkle in the cumin, smoked paprika, and chili powder, stirring to coat the mushrooms evenly. I let the mixture cook for a few more minutes until the spices are fragrant.

For that authentic carnitas flavor, I squeeze fresh lime juice over the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. The acidity of the lime juice helps to brighten the dish and balances out the earthy flavors of the mushrooms.


When the mushroom carnitas are ready, I love to serve them on warm corn tortillas with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro on top. Sometimes, I add a dollop of homemade guacamole or a spoonful of tangy salsa for an extra kick of flavor. The result is a satisfying and flavorful vegetarian dish that even the most die-hard meat lover would enjoy.

Why I Love It

What I love most about mushroom carnitas is their versatility. They can be enjoyed in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, or even as a topping for salads and bowls. The meaty texture of the mushrooms combined with the savory and smoky flavors make this dish a real crowd-pleaser.


In conclusion, mushroom carnitas are a fantastic way to enjoy the earthy and meaty flavors of mushrooms in a vegetarian dish with a Mexican twist. Whether you are a vegetarian, looking to reduce your meat intake, or simply want to try something new, I highly recommend giving mushroom carnitas a try. You won’t be disappointed!