Trader Joe’s Carnitas are Perfect for a Low-Carb Weeknight Dinner

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If you’re looking for an easy dinner idea, Trader Joe’s carnitas to the rescue! 

trader joe's carnitas in a pork carnitas salad

Trader Joe’s pork carnitas… it’s what’s for dinner!

I don’t need to tell you how much I love Trader Joe’s… probably because you’re just as big of a fan if you clicked on the title to view this post. More and more, I’ve been uncovering yummy keto finds in their aisles.

Recently, I stumbled upon a package of Traditional Pork Carnitas. Into my cart, it went, and I headed home to make an easy Mexican-inspired dinner!

empty package of trader joe's carnitas in front of skillet

What I love about this carnitas pack is that it’s already fully cooked; I mean, what can be easier than just heating and serving?! Even though the heating instructions are made for the microwave, I decided to toss the shredded pork into a skillet with some sautéed onion.

I like that stovetop reheating crisps up the edges of each pork piece for a tiny little crunch. Also, the carnitas comes mildly seasoned, so you don’t have to season for flavor.

finished pork carnitas salad using trader joe's carnitas

It makes the tastiest, easiest carnitas bowl! 😋

After the meat was warmed through, I added it on top of a bed of chopped lettuce and covered it with shredded cheese, guacamole (also one of my favorite foods from Trader Joe’s), salsa, and a dollop of sour cream. It turned out to be a gorgeous carnitas taco salad bowl that came together in a matter of minutes!

Trader Joe’s also has their own carnitas tacos recipe to follow. If you substitute the corn tortillas for a keto tortilla, this sounds just as delicious as a bowl!

trader joe's carnitas and guacamole

While I stuck with the traditional Mexican flavors, I’m sure this pork would be just as good doused in some sugar-free barbeque sauce for more of a BBQ pulled pork effect, perfect for an easy, crowd-pleasing meal.

packages of trader joe's traditional mexican carnitas

Hands down, this pack of Traditional Mexican Carnitas from Trader Joe’s has become a staple in my fridge. It has 14g of fat, 18g of protein, and only 1g of carbs! Not to mention, it’s a pretty frugal dinner with 4 servings in each $5.99 package.

It’s easy, affordable, and deliciously keto!

close up on forkful of carnitas salad

Don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you? Costco carnitas are just as delicious!

For those of you who aren’t near a TJ, there is no need to panic. My Hip sidekick Erica absolutely loves the Costco Carnitas! Check out what she says below and how she enjoys them with Siete Almond Flour Tortillas, making the perfect taco!

“The Costco carnitas meat is SO GOOD!! You literally do not even need to add any seasoning or anything to the meat – it has the best flavor! I like to pair the carnitas meat with Siete Almond Flour Tortillas (they are so good, too), homemade pico de gallo, and cojita cheese! The combination is INCREDIBLE!! Such an easy dinner idea & my whole family loves it!” – Erica, Hip2Keto sidekick

Make your own crispy pork carnitas in the slow cooker!

About the writer:

Emily obtained her Bachelor's degrees from Clarkson University with 5 years of content writing experience specializing in health, beauty, fashion, home, & living frugally.

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Comments 4

  1. Michelle R

    Thanks Collin! I will look for it next time I’m at TJ’s. I love anything Mexican. Sounds like a yummy keto dish!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome! Hope you love it too!

  2. C.W.

    We tried this last week for the first time and we loved it. It was tender and mosit after cooking it. We added our own seasoning and it was better than eating out at a Mexican restaurant. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I sure am happy to hear this! Thanks so much for letting us know!

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