Pulled Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Lime Slaw, Cilantro Avocado Sour Cream, and Pico de Gallo

Pork Carnitas

(This part is only slightly modified from My Full Plate’s recipe here.)


  • ~3 lbs of leftover shredded pork shoulder
  • 1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 (7 oz) can of green chiles
  • 1 T chili powder (ancho for mild, chipotle for medium heat)
  • 1 t crushed red pepper
  • ½ t paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • salt
  • avocado to garnish


  1. Warm pork over medium low to medium heat.  When it has warmed through pour off any excess grease.
  2. Pour in tomato sauce and green chiles and stir.
  3. Add spices and stir again.
  4. Cover the pan up, put on medium low and let the flavors meld for 15-20 minutes, while setting the table and plate the other dishes.
  5. Serve with avocados on the side.


Cilantro-Lime Slaw


  • 1 14 oz package of store bought slaw
  • 1/4 c chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 c chopped green onion
  • 1/4 c rice vinegar
  • 2-3 T lime juice
  • 1 T canola/vegetable oil
  • 1/2 T sugar
  • 2 t ground cumin
  • 1 t salt
  • red pepper flakes to taste


  1. Mix it all together and let it chill for a bit in the refrigerator.

Cilantro Avocado Cream


  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 lime, juice and  zest
  • 3/4 c sour cream
  • 1/3 c chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 t sugar 


  1. Put it all in a blender or food processor, a bullet type works well for this, and puree until it is smooth and uniform in texture.  You might want to start with 1/2 cup of sour cream and then increase as necessary, depending on how thick you want it and the size of the avocado you use.

Pico de Gallo


  • 1 cup finely chopped white onions
  • 5 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 3 small jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced 
  • 1-2 small Anaheim or banana chilis (optional, I had some fresh from the garden and so used them)
  • 1 c chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 T canola oil
  • 2-3 T fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 T white vinegar
  • 1/2 t sugar
  • ~1 t salt (to taste)


  1. Mix it all together and let it chill for a bit in the refrigerator.


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