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Beer Carnitas Pizza


Beer carnitas pizza

When I was kid Mexican Pizza involved ice burg lettuce and cheap ground beef. Possibly the perfect example of how neither Mexican food or pizza were given proper credit for the potential they had to compete in the Fine Food arena. They were both disregarded as low brow for far too long, but then again, so was beer. It took America awhile to see what Mozza did for pizza, what Rick Bayless did for Mexican food and what the craft beer industry as a whole did for beer.

It’s good thing we all woke up to the fact that we need to up our pizza night game. It’s a win for all of us.

Plus, it goes better with the good beer we’re now drinking.

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I use this Beer Pizza Dough recipe, unless I fail to plan ahead, then I use this One Hour Beer Pizza Dough recipe.

Beer Carnitas Pizza


  • 4 lb pork shoulder trimmed and cut into 5 inches pieces
  • 1 tbs kosher salt
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup IPA
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • pinch cayenne
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 lb pizza dough
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup Mexican Crema


  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Sprinkle the meat all over with the salt. Add to a shallow dish, cover and refrigerate for 12 hours and up to 3 days (if you skip this step make sure to salt the meat well before proceeding).
  • In a large Dutch oven, or roasting pan over two burners, heat the olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add the meat and cook on all sides until very well browned, working in batches if necessary. Remove the meat and allow to drain on a stack of paper towels.
  • Pour the beer into the pan, scraping to deglaze the bottom, turn off heat. Add the water, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and smoked paprika. Add the meat back in the pot.
  • Bake uncovered at 325 until falling apart, about 3-4 hours. Pull into bite sized pieces using a fork.
  • Add a pizza stone to the oven, increase heat to 425.
  • In a food processor add the black beans, olive oil and chipotle pepper, process until well combined.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll out the pizza dough, transfer to a pizza peel that has been well covered with corn meal.
  • Spread the black bean puree over the pizza in an even layer.
  • Top with cheese, then carnitas (you will have more than enough, save the remaining meat). Transfer to the pizza stone, bake at 425 until the crust is golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, top with tomatoes, cilantro and crema.

Adapted from David Leovitz Carnitas, and Spike Mendelsohn Mexican Pizza

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Tieghan January 6, 2014 um 5:43 am

In love with this! Mexican pizza is my favorite and carnitas are the best!


Gina January 6, 2014 um 6:29 am

Is it bad that I want this for breakfast? Oh my- the more I read the recipe the more I was itching to make this. Carnitas is my weakness & this sounds amazing.


samantha January 6, 2014 um 7:14 am

I usually pour in orange or lime juice when I make carnitas. IPAs sound like a wonderful alternative!


Sophia @ NY Foodgasm January 6, 2014 um 9:23 am

This pizza totally needs to be on the menu at a brew pub! AMAZING! Absolutely LOVE it!


addie | culicurious January 6, 2014 um 5:49 pm

Yum, this looks amazing, Jackie! 🙂 I love pizza and Mexican food so this right up my alley!


Cassie January 7, 2014 um 1:46 pm

I am in love with this, Jackie. I only cook pork shoulder with beer and now I can’t wait to slap some on pizza!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 7, 2014 um 2:07 pm

What an epic pizza! You know I’m coming over for dinner on my next trip to LA, right?


Bev @ Bev Cooks February 4, 2014 um 4:00 pm

WHOA. um yes.


Sharnee February 18, 2014 um 3:14 pm

In the oven right now… 🙂 Is it really supposed to cook uncovered for 3-4 hours? Seems like the cooking liquids would cook off?


Jackie February 18, 2014 um 3:55 pm

Yes. The liquid is supposed to mostly cook off, the meat will get really tender but the outside will have a slight crispiness to it.


Sharnee February 18, 2014 um 5:21 pm

Thank you! My house smells amazing! Dough rising, dinner is going to be amazing!


Becca May 6, 2014 um 11:08 am

I love beer and I love carnitas and I love pizza so I just knew this pizza would be a new favorite in my house. And I was right. So good! The carnitas turned out perfectly crispy. Plus the pizza has beans on it, so that makes it good for you, right? Thanks for yet another awesome recipe!


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