Nutrition Tips, Recipes

Fit Meals: Pork Carnitas

Why we love this recipe:

→ These mouth-watering pork carnitas are not only easy to prepare, they melt in your mouth AND are diet-friendly!

→ Packed with 58 grams of protein and just 355 calories per serving, these carnitas will be your ally for some lean summer gains.




Nutritional info per serving: (4 Servings) Calories: 355 / Protein: 58 grams / Carbs: 7 grams / Fat: 10grams

What you will need (for 4 Servings) ↓

  • 2.5 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2  tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp  Chile powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic

Directions: Prep Time: 20 min. Cook Time: 1 hour in pressure cooker or 4-8 hours in slow cooker 

  1. Cut the pork tenderloin into 2-inch cubes and set aside.
  2. In a medium  bowl, combine salt, oregano, cumin, chile powder, paprika & black pepper. Rub pork cubes in the spice mixture, then coat seasoned pork cubes in olive or avocado oil; place the pork in pressure or slow cooker and cover with orange juice, onion, and garlic.
  3. Pressure Cooker Instructions:
    Place lid on pressure cooker and lock; bring to full pressure for 60 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Remove pork from cooker and shred meat.

    Slow Cooker Instructions:
    Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours or high heat for 4-5 hours. Remove pork  from the slow cooker and shred the meat before returning to the pot with the juices.
  4. Serve over rice and steamed veggies or in a tortilla wrap with avocado and lime.

    Pro-tip: If you're watching your calories & carbs, check out Coach Matt's favorite tortilla wraps below.
    They're very tasty and contain 50 calories, 4g  protein, 16g carbs each! 🙂 ↓
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Matt McLaughlin

Matt is the owner of Capital Strength & Conditioning. Utilizing his skill set in strength training, movement, nutrition, and lifestyle design; he helps his clients build the best version of themselves.