Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce

Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce


"Slow cooking blends the flavors."


1 h 40 m servings 262 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • 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. 88 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 ...

Due to all the reviews I'd seen so far, I halved this recipe. One half was made exactly as written - I'd give it a 3. It was delicious but not enough flavor for our family (referring to both the...

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 ch...

Delicious! The pork comes out moist, tender, and full of flavor - plus it was easy to make. I used pork tenderloin (on sale) and combined all the spices in a ziploc bag then tossed in the pork s...

SCRUMPTIOUS!!! I have to admit I was a little skeptical of this recipe, because this isn't really a traditional "carnitas" recipe where the meat is roasted/braised and then shredded. Nobody mes...

I followed the recipe exactly, and it was amazing!!! The salsa has such a vibrant taste, and the pork came out SO tender!!! Unless you want to wait longer to eat there is absolutely NO need to u...

Five stars for the taste and ease of the carnitas, done in the slow cooker for 5 hours on low. I did, however, heed the warnings of the earlier reviews regarding the salsa. I roasted the tomitil...

I made this while my parents, brother and grandmother were visiting so I doubled the recipe and it was a big hit with everyone other than my picky little boys. I was out of regular chili powder...