As mentioned in the previous post which we made Grilled Fish Tacos with Rubios Sauce, we have another recipe to share with you in which we incorporated La Tortilla Factory’s 100-calorie whole wheat tortillas. This is also your chance to win a couple of products from La Tortilla Factory for this month’s giveaway! (More details at the end of this post).
Since we had pork shoulder on hand, as well as a big bag of tomatillos, we came up with the idea to make a Carnitas Burrito with Tomatillo Salsa Verde. Carnitas is a Spanish word which means “little meats” and is basically a braised and roasted pork dish. Tomatillo is a fruit that looks like small green tomatoes and is typically used in Mexican cuisine as a salsa, thus the name Salsa Verde. Together with the braised pork and green salsa, we made ourselves a nice burrito with some other nice fixings. Daniel had asked a few coworkers for a quick process of how they prepare carnitas and salsa verde, so we were able to get a good general idea of how to make it at home. With the right seasonings and touches, this is a very easy, tasty, and fulfilling meal!
Tomatillos have a husk around them which you have to peel. Look for firm and bright green tomatillos to ensure freshness.
For the salsa verde recipe, we peeled the husks of 1 lb of tomatillos and boiled it for 20 minutes until it started to turn into a dark brownish-green color, as shown.
We drained the tomatillos and put them inside the blender along with 1 garlic clove, 1/4 onion, 1 Serrano pepper, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp sugar, 1 tsp lime, 2 tbsp cilantro and blend it all together. Then we poured this into a bowl and placed it in the fridge to let the flavors meld.
Meanwhile, we prepared the carnitas by braising 1 lb. pork shoulder in pork stock (or chicken stock) over low-to-medium simmer. In addition, we added 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp fresh sage (minced), 1 tbsp fresh oregano (minced), 1 garlic clove, and salt to taste. Since we had a lot of fresh herbs in the garden, we figured it would add a nice earthy flavor to the carnitas. This took roughly about 2 hours on the stove.
We preheated the oven to Broil-High and transfered the braised meat to a baking dish. The reason why this extra step is necessary is because you want the outside of the meat to be a little crispy and the inside still moist and soft from the hours of braising. This is what it should look like when it's been broiled in the oven for 10 minutes in the middle rack.
We lightly shredded the pork, but didn't want to shred too much because we preferred big chunks of meat in the burrito.
We used the 10-inch whole wheat tortillas that is only 100-calories each and is 98% fat free. This makes our burrito quite healthy! Our Carnitas Burrito is layered with rice (flavored with lime juice, cilantro, olive oil, salt, and pepper), shredded pork, tomatillo salsa verde, freckled lettuce from our garden, and a slice of avocado. We used these ingredients because it's what we had, but you can definitely include beans, cheese, sour cream, or guacamole. Just make sure you can wrap it without creating a disaster.
When you hear 'Carnitas Burrito', you normally expect a huge gigantic burrito that is at least 800 calories, but this 10-inch wrap is actually a perfect size with a fraction of the fat and calories! Serve with some more Tomatillo Salsa Verde and you've got yourself a healthy and delicious Mexican meal!
To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Carnitas Burrito with Tomatillo Salsa Verde
May Giveaway Contest:
La Tortilla Factory will send one lucky winner 1 package of the Hand Made Style Corn Tortillas and 1 package of the 100 Calorie Whole Wheat Tortillas that we used in both of our posts. We will also have a 2nd and 3rd place winner who will each receive (2) $1.00-off coupons for any La Tortilla Factory product. Here’s what you have to do to be entered:
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2) Leave a comment about this post
Contest ends Sunday,
May 9th. Sorry, contest is over! The winner of the La Tortilla products goes to Deby! The 2nd and 3rd place winners are Michelle of Lucky Taste Buds and StephenC of The Obsessive Chef who will each receive (2) $1.00 off coupons! Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone for participating and leaving awesome comments!!
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