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Quick Pork Carnitas Tacos

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WW Freestyle: 6
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Juicy pork is seasoned with citrus and spices to create ultra-flavorful Mexican inspired Pork Carnitas!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 309


  • 1 ½ pounds pork tenderloin, cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil, or olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 small lime, juiced



  • Cut up the pork tenderloin into small bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
  • Add diced onions to the heated oil and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 15 seconds, or just until fragrant.
  • Add pork to the skillet; season with brown sugar, oregano, chili powder, and cumin. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, or until pork is cooked through.
  • Stir in orange juice; continue to stir and scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
    Add lime juice and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly.
  • Serve in tacos, burritos, over rice, and/or on salads.


  • NET CARBS: 10 g
Nutrition Facts
Quick Pork Carnitas Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 100mg4%
Potassium 793mg23%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 204IU4%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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