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Arizona Carnitas With Green Chiles Recipe

Arizona Carnitas With Green Chiles

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"Spice up meal times with this traditional and popular Southwestern dish. Shoulder meat is best cooked for longer period of time to make tender. Set the table so that everyone can create their own tortilla-filled meal."

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  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in ovenproof heavy large covered pot over high heat. Add half of the pork cubes; sprinkle with half of the salt and half of the black pepper. Cook pork until starting to brown, stirring often. Remove pork. Repeat with remaining pork cubes, salt and black pepper, adding more oil if necessary. Drain drippings from pot.
  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the same pot over medium heat. Cook onion in hot oil until tender. Stir in undrained chiles and garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Return pork to pot. Add chicken broth.
  4. Cover and bake for 1 hour. Serve pork in tortillas topped with Cheddar cheese, tomato and sour cream if desired.
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  • * This recipe is perfect for pork shoulder, but any economical cut will work well.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 25, 2006

This recipe is just what it appears to be, a very good basis for several dishes. It isn't meant to be eaten straight, use it as a basis for tacos, burritos,enchiladas or (my favorite) quesadillas. It works very well, and is almost identical to my family's basic recipe for carnitas. Well done, and thanks so much for putting it back in writing for me.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 24, 2005

The canned green chillis didn't work for me. The flavor lacked that fresh character and the color wasn't too appetizing. Switching to fresh chillis and adding some late in the game may help. Expiriment from here and I think there is a good recipe hiding.

Nov 04, 2009

did in crockpot for nine hours on low. Instead of adding green chilies, I added a can of petite diced tomatoes with green chilies & doubled the garlic - DELISH!!! thanks for sharing :)

Oct 16, 2009

Delicious recipe! Other reviewers nailed it when they said move it to a skillet add more chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Yum!

Dec 07, 2009

very good! I followed the recipe fairly closely, added extra garlic , and medium heat Pace green taco salsa instead of broth, because i didn't have any broth.

Sep 24, 2009

Love this recipe. I make it all the time. An all time favorite...wouldn't change a thing.

Sep 17, 2009

Pretty good. Bf and I both liked it; bf ate seconds. I used already shredded and cooked pork in this recipe bc that's what I had. Very easy and although it's not quick, it's a nice meal. I've never had carnitas before (at least I don't think I have) and I was pleased. Thanks for the recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 487 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.4 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 77 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 29.6 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 23.2 g
  • 46%
  • Sodium
  • 683 mg
  • 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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