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Pork Carnitas Tacos

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  • You’ll love these colorful tacos made with pork tenderloin, the leanest cut of pork–and one of the easiest to cook. The smokey spicy pork is balanced with the crunchy and tangy slaw. The cool and creamy avocado finishes off the perfect bite. Recipe Credit: Joy Bauer
  • icons/brand/silverware copy Created with Sketch. Yield: 4 to 6 servings


Pork Carnitas Tacos

  • 2 pork tenderloins (~1 lb each), trimmed of fat
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1½ to 2 tablespoons DASH Southwest Chipotle seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf, optional
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1¼ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

Optional serving suggestion: corn or flour Tortillas

Crunchy Slaw

  • 1½ tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon DASH Southwestern Chipotle seasoning
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) coleslaw mix


  1. Pat pork tenderloin dry with kitchen towel or paper towels. Sprinkle meat on all sides with DASH Southwest Chipotle seasoning blend.
  2. Add olive oil to a Dutch oven or deep skillet with a tight-fitting lid and warm over medium-high heat. Place tenderloin(s) in skillet and brown on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove pork and set aside.
  3. Add optional bay leaf, onion, garlic, citrus juices, and chicken broth. Stir to scrape any bits from the bottom of the pot or skillet. Bring mixture to a boil and add pork back to skillet. Reduce the heat to low, cover pot and simmer tenderloin(s) until tender, 50 to 60 minutes or until pork can easily shred.
  4. Remove tenderloin(s) from skillet and set aside. When tenderloin is cool enough to handle, shred pork. Reduce remaining cooking liquid if needed, leaving about ½ cup to coat shredded pork. Return shredded pork to skillet and mix with reduced liquid until well coated.

NOTE: The saucy shredded pork can be enjoyed as is… or you can lay it out on a baking sheet and broil in the oven for 1 to 2 minutes to create crispy bits.

For the Slaw: In a large bowl whisk lime juice, oil, light mayo, honey, and DASH seasoning. Add coleslaw mix and toss to evenly coat vegetables. Serve immediately on top of pork.