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Carnitas Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce and Avocado

Course Pork
Cuisine Mexican, The World
Keyword avocado, carnitas, carnitas recipe, carnitas tacos, pork carnitas recipe, pork in tomatillo sauce, pork tacos, tacos, tacos de carnitas, tomatillo, tomatillo salsa
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories 300 kcal



  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder 2-pounds. boneless pork shoulder cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • ½ onion ½ onion, outer skin removed and left intact
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 tablespoon of sea salt
  • 6 cups water 6 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lard 2 tablespoons lard
  • ½ cup grapefruit juice ½ cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • ½ cup whole milk ½ cup whole milk


  • 3 poblanos peppers 3 poblanos peppers
  • 14 ounces tomatillos 14 ounces tomatillos, husk removed
  • 1 clove garlic 1 clove of garlic peeled
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cilantro ½ cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 avocado 1 avocado peeled, pitted and cubed
  • cup onion 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.

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.