Pastured Pork Paleo Carnitas

(Pastured Pork) Paleo Carnitas
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 3 - 4
Nothing wrong with a fattier cut of meat now and then if you'd like to use pastured pork shoulder, or stick with lean pork tenderloin. In any case, serve with salad and fresh veg- topped with cilantro and lime. Who needs tortillas and sour cream?
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pounds pastured pork tenderloin, cut into cubes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 5 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large ripe red tomato, seeded and pureed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Bibb or Butter Lettuce Leaves, for 'wrap'
  • Freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • Freshly chopped tomato, for garnish
  1. Heat oil in dutch oven over medium.
  2. Add pork and brown on each side, about 3 -4 minutes
  3. Remove pork from dutch oven.
  4. Add chopped onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes
  5. Add pork back in and pour in stock
  6. Boil, then reduce to simmer for about 90 minutes.
  7. Remove pork, reserve one cup of liquid and discard the onions and rest of the liquid.
  8. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the cooked pork until it becomes stringy
  9. Add tomato, few bay leaves, oregano and the cup of liquid that you saved from earlier, let simmer until slightly reduced.
  10. Serve on lettuce (in place of tortillas) and garnish as desired