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Pork Carnitas with Tomatillo Salsa

Pork Carnitas with Tomatillo Salsa #festfoods

You may be wondering… what in the world are Pork Carnitas?! Well,  if you are a pulled pork lover AND a taco lover, you are about to fall in love with this dish; carnitas are basically the delicious marriage of these two delicious foods! Chili seasoned pork shoulder is slow cooked in garlic, onion and fresh orange juice, pulled and placed on a crispy corn tortilla, then topped with fresh tomatillo salsa and a dollop of creamy Greek yogurt. YUM!

Pork Carnitas with Tomatillo Salsa

Pork Carnitas:

  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt, or more to taste
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 lb. pork shoulder, excess fat trimmed
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled 2 onions, quartered
  • 2 oranges, juiced  

Tomatillo Salsa:

  • 4 tomatillos, quartered and shell removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ½ small red onion, quartered
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, washed
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • Dash salt and ground black pepper  

Additional Ingredients:

  • 8 corn tortillas, broiled or grilled
  • ¼ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt {optional}
  • Avocado, sliced {optional}


  1. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Season pork with spice mixture, rubbing in thoroughly on all sides.
  2. Place garlic, onions, orange juice and seasoned pork shoulder into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  3. In the meantime, prepare the salsa. Combine chopped tomatillos, tomatoes, cilantro, lime, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor; pulse until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate until ready for use.
  4. When pork is tender, shred with two forks or tongs and keep warm in the crock pot until ready to serve.
  5. Place an equal amount of pork in each tortilla. Top with tomatillo salsa, Greek yogurt and avocado slices.

Yield: 8 carnitas

Per Serving*: Calories 130, Total Fat 2g (Saturated 0g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 490mg, Total Carbohydrate 23g (Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 7g), Protein 6g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 40%, Calcium 4%, Iron 4%

*Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.  

Pork Carnitas with Tomatillo Salsa

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Pork Carnitas with Tomatillo Salsa

Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.

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