Family-Friendly, Quick Meal

Pork Carnitas

30 minutes


  • 1 ½ pounds pork tenderloin, cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • 4 low carb flour tortillas
  • 2 cups pico de gallo
  • Optional: cilantro, for garnish and avocado for topping
  • 1 lb green beans (side)



  1. Cut up the pork tenderloin into small bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
  3. Add diced onions to the heated oil and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 15 seconds, or just until fragrant.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Remove from heat. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly.
  7. Fill taco shells and sprinkle pico de gallo on top.

Quick Tip

Looking for a lower carb option? Serve over cauliflower rice or on top of lettuce!