Ground Pork Carnitas Tacos


  • 1½ pounds ground pork
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 12 (6-inch) warm soft flour or corn tortillas
  • Jarred salsa verde sauce
  • Cotija cheese (grated)
  • Cilantro (if desired)
  • Pickled onions


In large non-stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray, saute onion and jalapeno pepper on med heat until they begin to soften (about 5-7 minutes).

Add in ground pork, garlic, oregano, cumin and salt and pepper. Brown pork and break it up as it cooks. Continue to cook mixture until pork is well browned and at least 140° F and the onion and peppers are soft. Drain off any excess fat.

Return meat to pan and increase heat to med-high. Add in orange juice and stir. Allow juice to come to boil and reduce by at least half. Take off heat and keep warm.

To assemble tacos, warm the tortillas. Place tortillas on a plate and add meat, salsa, cheese, cilantro and pickled onion. Serve immediately.

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