Trader Joe’s Pork Carnitas Make for a Yummy & Easy Weeknight Keto Dinner

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trader joe's carnitas recommendation — pork carnitas salad

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

trader joe's carnitas recommendation — empty package of 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 heat and serve?! Even though the heating instructions are made for the microwave, I decided to toss the shredded pork into a skillet with some sautéed red 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.

trader joe's carnitas recommendation — finished pork carnitas salad

After the meat was warmed through, I added it on top of a bed of chopped lettuce and covered 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 that came together in a matter of minutes!

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 barbecue sauce for more of a BBQ pulled pork effect, perfect for an easy, crowd-pleasing meal.

trader joe's carnitas recommendation — packages of trader joe's traditional mexican carnitas

Hands down, this pack of Traditional Mexican Carnitas from Trader Joe’s is going to become a staple in my fridge. It’s got 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!

trader joe's carnitas recommendation — close up on forkful of carnitas salad

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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  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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