Carnitas Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce and Avocado

  • 2 hrs 20 mins total
  • 20 mins prep
  • 2 hrs cook
  • serves 6 people

Skip To The Recipe

Way out of my comfort zone and loving every second of it.  Having some boneless pork shoulder in the freezer all cut up in 2-inch cubes, it was only the right course of action to make carnitas with them.

For the Carnitas Tacos, you can boil the pork the day before.  Bring it back to room temperature before proceeding with the final cooking step.

The combination of grapefruit, I have a tree in my backyard that gives out the sweetest juice of them all, and the milk leaves the meat with a savory flavor. Once all cooked off the meat will sear to perfection because of the sweetness left on it by both, milk and grapefruit. At this point you can prepare any sauce you wish to. The below is an adaptation from one of my favorite Mexican cookbook “Mexico The Beautiful Cookbook” which is no longer on prints

Here is where it gets interesting and a bit challenging for me. I do not embrace spicy hot food thus making it a bit challenging for the sauce to go alongside. However, I did make it a bit more tolerable for my palate.

I am giving you the recipe of Carnitas tacos with tomatillo sauce and avocado with the whole spicy hot sauce. If you are like me, there are a few things that you can omit.

~ First of all I decided to go with Poblanos peppers instead of the Serrano’s peppers.  The poblanos are milder in flavor than the serranos counterparts.  Replace the poblanos with the serrano’s if you like hot in the recipe.

~ Another one of my little changes, I took off the seeds of the poblano before blending them to a puree. The seeds pack the heat. Keep the seeds if you like the heat.

I sure did not make enough as it was gone at the speed of light. Flour and corn taco size tortillas are warmed prior to serving.  We also had some extra lime to squeeze over it all. As well as radishes and queso fresco to add to it as per our preference.


Giangi's Kitchen Signature
Nutrition Facts
Carnitas Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce and Avocado
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 1659mg72%
Potassium 1014mg29%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 495IU10%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Close Modal

Carnitas Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce and Avocado

  • 2 hrs 20 mins total
  • 20 mins prep
  • 2 hrs cook
  • serves 6 people


Original recipe yields 6 servings

Log In or Register to view and edit your grocery lists.

  • 2-pounds. boneless pork shoulder cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • ½ onion, outer skin removed and left intact
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lard
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 3 poblanos peppers
  • 14 ounces tomatillos, husk removed
  • 1 clove of garlic peeled
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 avocado peeled, pitted and cubed
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped onion


  1. Place the pork, water, onion, garlic, and salt in a large pot or Dutch oven. Cook covered over medium heat for 1 to 1 ½ hour or until the pork is tender. Transfer the meat to a colander and drain.

  2. Melt the lard in a saucepan. As soon as it bubbles add the grapefruit juice and milk and then the pork. Cook uncovered, over medium heat until the meat is browned, about 20 minutes. The juice and milk will cook off leaving the pork to brown.

  1. Place the fresh poblano peppers in a large saucepan of boiling water. After 5 minutes add the tomatillos. After 3 minutes. Remove the peppers and tomatillos and drain.

  2. Puree the poblanos, tomatillos, garlic, vinegar in a blender. Add the salt and cilantro and blend. For 2 short cycles.

  3. In a bowl combine the puree, avocado and onion. Adjust seasoning if needed.


Get More Savings

Save money on groceries with FREE Printable coupons

Online Coupons and Savings from My Favorite Stores and Brands.

Find Offers

Comments (4) Post a Reply

  1. Mayuri Patel says:

    I’d love to try the tomatillo sauce with avocado as an alternate to the usual salsa and guacamole that I prepare whenever I make a veggie version of tacos or burrito.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you, Mayuri for stopping by Giangi’s Kitchen.
      You will love the tomatillo sauce. We also have been enjoying it with cheese quesadillas. Mild with a light hint of heat.

  2. Maria says:

    That’s a really new way of cooking meat for me. I’m intrigued and want to try it with beef. The sauce sounds very delicious! I’ll make the full hot version. 😁

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you Maria and please let me know how you and your family like the hot version. ❤️

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *