Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce

Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce

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"Slow cooking blends the flavors."

Ingredients 1 h 40 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 262 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 262 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 14.4 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 16g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 18.3 g
  • 37%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 56 mg
  • 19%
  • Sodium:
  • 87 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Cut pork into 1 inch cubes; season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet or Dutch oven. Add pork, onions, garlic powder, chili powder and chipotle chile powder; saute 3 to 5 minutes to brown the meat.
  2. Add enough water to barely cover pork. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Remove lid and continue to simmer an additional 45 minutes or until liquid has evaporated.
  3. Combine chopped tomatillos, tomatoes and cilantro in a small bowl.
  4. Place an equal amount of pork on each tortilla. Top with tomatillo salsa.
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  1. 85 Ratings


This recipe was EASY and the most delicious pork carnitas I've ever tasted! I started by browning the pork on the stove, as recommended, but then instead of simmering on the stove we popped it in the crock pot for 4 hours on high. I didn't have Chipotle chili powder, so I just used a little extra regular chili powder. I also couldn't find pork shoulder so we used pork tenderloin instead (it was on sale!). I used our small food processor to make the tomatillo sauce and it worked really well. We will definitely make this recipe again soon!


Made this for New Years Eve dinner it was a BIG hit!!!


My family loved the tender pork. I live at high altitude and the meat did take longer to cook then stated in the directions. I used 2 pounds of pork shoulder and removed the fat. I found some chipolte powder online and use it in a lot of Mexican dishes. My family loves carnitas with flour tortillas, so I prepared my own flour tortillas recipe and it was great. The tomatillo sauce was very mild, so my husband added onion, jalapeno peppers, garlic salt, and lime juice to give it a kick.