Easiest Entrees: Pineapple-Pork Carnitas

june-24-006After blogging about my “cooker’s block” not too long ago, I promised to include some super-easy dinner ideas for those nights when you are just not feeling inspired in the kitchen. Therefore, I present the inaugural “Easiest Entrees” post!  My friend’s husband, Pete, recently told me about one of his discoveries, the prepared “carnitas” meat available at Trader Joe’s, and from that idea comes this “recipe”–if you even want to call it that.

Carnitasare a Mexican soft-shell taco filled with “little meats” (which the translation of “carnitas”).  Traditionally the meat is shredded or cubed pork (from the shoulder or “Boston Butt” cut, which is somewhat fatty and very flavorful).  Trader Joe’s sells pre-cooked pieces of this meat in a 12 oz package, but it is likely something you could find in a regular grocery store.  It is the same meat often used for pulled-pork, so look for cooked pulled-pork meat without the barbeque sauce added.  It will make a great substitute.

All that is required is to heat up the meat in the microwave, shred or cube it (if it isn’t already cut), and place into warmed/softened tortillas (also done in the microwave).  I add a touch of shredded cheddar cheese and prepared pineapple salsa for a 5 minute meal, no pots, no pans, no clean-up….but lots of flavor!

Pineapple-Pork Carnitas

Serves 3-4

1 – 12 to 16 oz package pre-cooked carnitas or pulled-pork meat

8 – 6 inch soft tortillas (I like the whole wheat, reduced carb variety)

1/2 cup prepared pineapple salsa (I like Newman’s Own)

1/2 -3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Heat the meat in the microwave 2-5 minutes, or according to package directions.  Remove and shred or cube as desired (I prefer it shredded–makes it easier to stuff the tortillas)

Place the tortillas on a paper towel in a single layer and heat about 20 seconds in the microwave (you may need to do them in two batches).

Fill the warmed, softened tortillas with 2 tablespoons or so of the meat, add shredded cheese and salsa.  Fold in half and enjoy!


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