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Stovetop Carnitas

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Stovetop Carnitas
  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 45 min
  • Servings 12
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This easy stovetop carnitas recipe skips the lard (the traditional way to make carnitas) in favor of vegetable oil and water for a crazy-delicious Dutch-oven dinner.

Ingredients

Carnitas

1/4
cup vegetable oil
1
package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ original taco seasoning mix
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1
teaspoon ground coriander
1
teaspoon salt
3- to 4-lb boneless pork shoulder, trimmed, cut in 2- to 3-inch pieces
2
cups chopped yellow onions
6
cloves garlic, peeled
2
cups water
1/4
cup orange juice
2
tablespoons lime juice

Tortillas and Toppings, as desired

Old El Paso™ flour tortillas, sliced radishes, diced red onion, queso fresco cheese and fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

  • 1 In large bowl, mix vegetable oil, taco seasoning mix, cumin, coriander and salt. Add pork, and toss to coat; pour into 5-quart Dutch oven. Place onions and garlic on top of pork. Pour in water, orange juice and lime juice. Heat to boiling over high heat. Stir; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer uncovered 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until pork is tender.
  • 2 Increase heat to medium; cook, stirring frequently and pressing on pork with spatula to shred meat, 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce thickens and pork is coated in cooking liquid. Serve in tortillas with toppings.
Tips  

Remove as much fat as possible from the pork to avoid a fatty sauce.

Leftover carnitas are great in bowls, too! Heat and serve over rice, quinoa or couscous with your favorite fresh veggies.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
350
(
Calories from Fat
180
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
30%
(
Saturated Fat
6g
29%
,
Trans Fat
1/2g
)
Cholesterol
70mg
23%
Sodium
600mg
25%
Potassium
360mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
17g
6%
(
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
,
Sugars
2g
)
Protein
25g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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