Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce


Slow cooking blends the flavors in this pork carnitas sauce.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 pound pork shoulder

  • 2 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil

  • ¼ cup chopped onions

  • ½ teaspoon Spice Islands® Garlic Powder

  • 1 tablespoon Spice Islands® Chili Powder

  • ¼ teaspoon Spice Islands® Chipotle Chile Powder

  • 2 tomatillos, finely chopped

  • ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes

  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 4 corn tortillas


  1. Cut pork into 1-inch cubes; season with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven. Add pork, onions, garlic powder, chili powder, and chipotle chile powder; sauté until browned, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Add enough water to barely cover pork; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to simmer until liquid has evaporated, about 45 minutes.

  4. Combine chopped tomatillos, tomatoes, and cilantro in a small bowl.

  5. Place an equal amount of pork on each tortilla. Top with tomatillo salsa.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
14g Fat
16g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 419mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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