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This simple carnitas recipe (adapted from @sjanedevore ) IS MY FAVORITE and one of our staples for sure. It’s like the easiest thing, SO GOOD, and the perfect meat to have on hand for tacos, taquitos, salads, rice bowls, burritos etc.. I’ll even take the leftovers and turn them greek for this pita! I make it at least a couple of times a month and am always sad when it’s gone. It’s so lean and so full of flavor, the perfect thing to stock if you’re sick of grabbing chicken every time you need protein… I’m literally making it for the second time this week right now. In garlic scented heaven…
These were AMAZING. For sure the kind of meal I’m always floored can fit my macros so easily.
Tostadas used to turn me off because generally I don’t like lettuce up my nose. But these are 100 percent worth it. I also caught wind of these these extra thin corn tortillas through @sjanedevore – so grateful Sarah! Just thinner, so for only 24 carbs you’ve got yourself 3 full sized tacos. I take those tiny street tacos down in two bites. These give you a full-sized shell you can really fill or stack. I’ve only found them at my Ralph’s. But you can also get them on amazon. This is the first time I tried making them into tostadas and they were perfect. I’ll never go back to store bought. Way fewer macros and sooo much crispier and yummier!
I’ve also used them to make homemade tortilla chips for these nachos! Fewer carbs and almost no fat for a plate of chips. UM YES.
Tostadas with THE BEST Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Carnitas
Crispy tostadas with the best and leanest carnitas! They’re SO so good and yet the macros are so great. One of my favorite things to eat.
- Prep Time: 30
- Cook Time: 1-6 hours
- Total Time: 2-7 hours
- Yield: 8-10 1x
- For the Carnitas
- 2–3 pounds pork tenderloin (Only 2.5 fat for 4oz– I get mine from Costco and usually do one of the packages which is two small loins.)
- Season Salt
- 16 oz jar herdez or some green salsa
- 8 cloves of garlic (I always use frozen cubes from Trader Joes- they have them at some normal stores too.)
- 1 medium white onion diced- weigh it raw and make a note before you add it, I used about 250 grams
For the Tostada
- 3 Extra Thin Mission Corn Tortillas (found them at Ralphs and Walmart)
- 25 g refried beans
- 130 g Carnitas
- Shredded lettuce
- 60 g Pico
- 20 g Mango
- 30 g Avocado
- 10 g of fat free chipotle sour cream* (optional… I just love it and always have it on hand!)
- 15 g skinny cilantro lime ranch (or sub Bolthouse cilantro avocado.)https://lillieeatsandtells.com/two-ingredient-skinny-chipotle-creme/
- 5 g Cotija
- A squeeze of lime
For the Carnitas
- Trim fat off meat and pat dry.
- Cut into chunks, 3-4 inches long. (This helps the pieces be shorter later like carnitas.)
- Season liberally all over with season-salt and sear on all sides in a hot pan with cooking spray to lock in flavor. Get a nice brown crust on it.
- Move to a crock pot and cover with the salsa, garlic, and onion and cook for 4-6 hours or until tender. Shred it and toss in juices.
***You can either use the meat like this, or spread it on a pan and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes to get some crispy pieces, more like authentic carnitas. OR… my favorite way (especially with the leftovers) is just crisp up as much as you need in a hot fry pan. Quicker than the oven and SOO good when it gets a good brown on it! For the Quick Fat-Free Chipotle Sour Cream (update: it’s since earned it’s own blog post so if you want more details it’s linked here.)
- Blend 1-2 chipotle peppers and 1-2 tbs of it’s adobo sauce (bought near other canned mexican food like green chilis etc) with 1/2 cup fat free sour cream. Chop and mix in, or blend with blender.
For the Tostada
- Spray a medium- hot pan with cooking spray and spray your EXTRA thin mission tortillas with a quick mist and sprinkle with kosher salt. Cook till nice and crispy on each side…. Just took a few minutes. Let rest on a paper towel lined plate. ( I didn’t use mine for like an hour and they were great! So no rush here. You can even make them ahead!)
- Now Top three tostadas with thin layer of refried beans (I did a tiny bit because I didn’t have tons of carbs- about 8 grams on each), 130 g carnitas, and 5 grams of cotija cheese.
- Bake at 400 for a few minutes … just long enough to warm it all back up if it wasn’t already and liven up the cotija a little.
- Pull them out and top all three combined with: 40 g lettuce, 60 g pico, 20 g mango, 30 g avocado, cilantro, 10 g homemade fat free chipotle sour cream, and 15 g cilantro lime ranch. (Or you can use Bolthouse cilantro avocado.)
*I love tostadas because I can have them built for my whole family and ready to go in the oven at the same time. I can have mine all weighed and measured so I just have to add on the cold toppings during the dinner chaos. A little smoother than tacos. (And sometimes I’ll just do the store bought tostada shells for my kids because they don’t know the difference!) *This can also be made in the instant pot! Push saute and sear the meat in the bottom of the instant pot bowl when it’s hot, then turn it off and push manual. Add the salsa, garlic, and onion. Push the plus button to 45 minutes and let it start. Close the lid, seal the vent and let cook. If you want it crispy, use the same method as described above.
To log: Search MFP for “Lillie Eats and Tells Tostadas with Carnitas”
- Serving Size: 3 tostadas topped as described above
- Calories: 463
- Fat: 13
- Saturated Fat: 4
- Carbohydrates: 49
- Protein: 38