Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde Carnitas

This is a dish my mom has been making sine I was in high school folks!! And I’m sad to admit that was a DECADE ago, feeling tres old.

But when a meal lasts a decade you know it’s a good one and always receives two thumbs up in our house. I’ll admit I planned to make this a salad over spinach, but as the night drew late (I teach until 8:15PM on Wednesdays) the carb cravings kicked in and out came the TJ’s Flour Tortillas. I also knew the hubby would be pleased to be served more than just a salad for dinner so, for the sake of making myself sounding more considerate than I probably am, I’m going to say the whole tortilla thing was really for him.

What You Need:

How To:

  1. Remove the Carnitas from the package and use your hands to break into smaller pieces
  2. Add the carnitas to a non-stick pan on high heat, no oil needed as the fat from the pork will be enough. The pork is already cooked but giving it a little crispy sear is highly recommended. As the carnitas heats up, you can break it into smaller pieces with tongs.
  3. Once browned, add the full jar of sauce and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, or as long as you’d like!
  4. Serve when ready. I made this early in the day before my evening classes and popped it in the fridge. Then when I was ready, I heated the carnitas and served it in warm tortillas with hunks of avocado, and a side salad of butter lettuce with pico de gallo and a little more carnitas because: PROTEIN 🙂  Drizzle with creamy chipotle lime dressing if you please!


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