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Healthy Pork Loin Carnitas- Three tasty ways to enjoy pork carnitas

As a Mexican myself, I always wanted to prepare pork carnitas, but the registered dietitian in me has been hesitant to do so since traditional carnitas recipes tend to be fried or are prepared with fattier cuts. So, instead, I decided to make my version of healthy pork carnitas using a slow cooker. You won’t believe these carnitas are lean and so juicy! As a mom, I love the convenience a slow cooker brings-minimal cooking preparation, and you have leftovers for a few days. The key to making these carnitas healthy is choosing the leanest pork cuts. In this case, I chose a pork loin, which yields nicely for slow roasting or grilling. There are a variety of lean pork cuts which meet the USDA guidelines for “lean” containing less than 10grams of fat per serving. The best part of cooking with pork is not only its nutrition, but it’s versatile and inexpensive, and you can easily find it at the supermarket. If you have questions on what to look for at the supermarket, check out my latest video on how to shop for the healthiest cuts of pork at the supermarket. 

I’ve partnered with the National Pork Board’s “Pork Es Sabor” initiative to show you tasty, healthy and family-friendly recipes you can enjoy at all times. Check out the video below on how to prepare this simple, delicious and healthy Pork Loin Carnitas.


Next, I will be sharing with you inspiring dishes based on Pork Loin Carnitas. These are perfect for family dinners, back to school lunches or weekend meals. Pork is a great option – it’s a high-quality, nutritious protein, easy to prepare and can be cooked in many ways. Say goodbye to boring leftovers! Below you will find new flavors and 3 ways to eat Pork Loin Carnitas. I hope you enjoy them! A Mexican burrito is my favorite way of eating carnitas. So simple to assemble and you can toss whatever ingredients you find in your fridge. Try to choose whole grains like whole grain tortillas, brown rice, and beans to make this dish fiber-rich and extra nutritious.

Carnitas Pork Loin Burrito

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What do you need?

  • Whole wheat tortilla
  • Pork loin carnitas
  • Black beans
  • Avocado
  • Shredded cabbage or lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Cilantro
  • Salsa (if desired) 
  • Mexican cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mexican burrito is my favorite way of eating carnitas. So simple to assemble and you can toss whatever ingredients you find in your fridge. Try to choose whole grains like whole grain tortillas, brown rice, and beans to make this dish fiber-rich and extra nutritious.

BBQ Pork Loin Carnitas Bun

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What do you need?

• Whole wheat mini bun
• Pork loin carnitas
• BBQ sauce
• Lettuce

 

Who doesn’t love a good BBQ pork sandwich? Great for family gatherings, Sunday barbecues or a quick lunch for the kids. You only need 4 ingredients, but the highlight of this recipe is the tender and juicy Pork Loin Carnitas. Add your favorite BBQ sauce and pair it with a side salad or corn on the cob for some extra veggies!

Asian Pork Loin Lettuce Wraps

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What do you need?
• Iceberg or butter lettuce
• Pork loin carnitas
• Cabbage
• Chives
• Red peppers

 

For the Asian vinaigrette:
• Peanut oil
• Rice vinegar
• Lime
• Sriracha sauce
• Fresh ginger
• Brown sugar
• Soy sauce

These veggie-rich lettuce wraps have a kick and crunch to them. The tenderness of the Pork Loin Carnitas plus the crispiness of the red peppers and cabbage really work nicely. I recommend using an iceberg or butter lettuce because it will work better as a wrap. An excellent dish for a light meal or appetizer.

 

Healthy Pork Loin Carnitas
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Rub
  1. • ½ teaspoon oregano
  2. • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  3. • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  4. • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  5. • ½ teaspoon pepper
Carnitas
  1. • 2lbs. of pork loin
  2. • 1 onion
  3. • 4 garlic cloves whole
  4. • 1 jalapeno seeds removed- keep some seeds for additional heat
  5. • Juice of 1 orange
  6. • Juice of 1 lime
  7. • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. 1. Cut the pork loin into 1-2” squares. Combine the dry ingredients (salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, and chili powder) and rub over pork loin. Then place in the slow cooker.
  2. 2. Cut onion into 1” inch squares and peel garlic cloves. Cut the jalapeno in half and remove seeds. (If you want it spicy keep some of the seeds) Add into the slow cooker.
  3. 3. Lastly, add the liquid ingredients. Cut and squeeze the orange and lime into the slow cooker. Add ¼ cup of additional water.
  4. 4. Mix all the ingredients well. Cover lid and place heat in medium for 8-10 hrs or overnight.
  5. 5. When done, the meat will be very tender and easy to separate with a fork.
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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board. I was compensated for my time and services included but not limited to photography, videography, recipes, and social media post. I only work with brands that I truly believe in their mission or use them personally. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

 

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