Fully Cooked Carnitas

Fully Cooked CarnitasApril 28th—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.

Translated literally, carnitas means "little meats", but like its Spanish-language sibling the burrito (which literally means "little donkey"), its meaning transcends the literal.  Of course, the day-to-day usage of carnitas is much closer to its literal meaning than that of burrito.  You can always count on this dish being pieces of meat, specifically pork.

Trader José's Carnitas is similar to the carnitas you'll find in Mexican restaurants, albeit with a couple of differences.  Difference numero uno: ours is slow-roasted rather than deep-fried.  So while we wouldn't call it a "weight-loss food", it's likely better for the waistline than the carnitas you'll find in most restaurants, and we think it tastes just as good - or better! Difference numero dos: you can keep ours in your fridge, where it's ready to heat and serve in just minutes - much easier and considerably quicker than trying to make this traditional dish from scratch, and a whole lot less expensive than eating out.

Trader José's Carnitas is made with moist and tender citrus-marinated pork.  And it's so easy to prepare - just remove the Carnitas from the package, place on a microwave-safe plate and heat in the microwave for two minutes.  Remove it, shred with two forks and return to the microwave for another minute or so.  Serve it with Corn Tortillas, Salsa Verde, Guacamame Dip and other traditional accompaniments of Mexican cuisine.  Está muy bueno.  Each 12 ounce package is $5.99, every day.

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