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Quick Pork Carnitas Tacos

Katerina | Diethood
Juicy pork is seasoned with citrus and spices to create ultra-flavorful Mexican inspired Pork Carnitas!
Servings : 4 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 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


Calories: 309 kcal | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Protein: 36 g | Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 111 mg | Sodium: 100 mg | Potassium: 793 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 6 g | Vitamin A: 204 IU | Vitamin C: 16 mg | Calcium: 44 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Net Carbs: 10 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carnitas recipe, pork carnitas tacos, pork taco recipe