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Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas
3 lb. boneless pork shoulder roast
2 tbsp. oil
4 cloves garlic minced
1 small onion chopped
1 orange quartered
1 lime quartered
1/4 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup water
corn tortillas
flour tortillas
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours

Trim fat from pork and cut into cubes. Heat oil in a large pot and add pork, garlic and onion. Cook over high heat for 5 to 10 minutes to brown pork. Add orange, lime, brown sugar, chili powder, salt, pepper and water to pot; stir and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until pork is tender. Remove cover and cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until liquid has cooked off. Press with the back of a spoon to break up meat and spoon into warmed flour or corn tortillas. Serve with salsa, beans and margaritas.

Makes 6 servings.
Nutritional Information:
500 calories, 47 g protein, 22 g fat, 29 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 150 mg cholesterol, 420 mg sodium, 11 points


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Tried this recipe and it had a strong citrus taste, make sure your orange is sweet not sour before attempting this recipe!

Comment Number: 4729


Instead of putting the citrus fruits in, which I think makes the carnitas bitter, I just use the juice of each....

Comment Number: 5213


I too only put the juices from the orange and lime in. You can also substitute orange juice if you don't have fresh fruit.

Comment Number: 5219


I usually only use orange and or lemon as the lime skin does make it bitter.

Comment Number: 6590


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