Carnitas

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Ingredients

Carnitas

  • 1 (1 1/2 to 2 pound) pork tenderloin, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 4 large strips of peel from half an orange (optional)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can Dr. Pepper, Mr. Pibb or Coca-Cola
  • 16 fajita-size flour tortillas

Pico de Gallo

  • 1 large tomato, cored and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Carnitas: Combine pork, onion, jalapeno, orange peel and soda in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  2. Uncover and shred the meat using 2 forks.
  3. Serve on flour tortillas and top with pico de gallo, if desired.
  4. Pico de Gallo: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Yield: 8 servings (2 tortillas and 1/8 of the meat per serving)

Calories: 339; Fat: 7.9 g; Saturated Fat: 2.4 g; Protein: 30.3 g; Fiber: 2.5 g; Carbohydrates: 35 g; Sodium: 360 mg; Cholesterol: 72 mg

Nutritional data per serving: 339 calories, 30.3 grams protein, 35 grams carbohydrates, 2.5 grams fiber, 7.9 grams fat, 2.4 grams saturated fat, 72 milligrams cholesterol and 360 milligrams sodium