This is a round up of recipes I have posted using leftover Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork). I will continually update this post when I share more recipes made using Pork Carnitas.
Pork Carnitas are a brilliant standby to have in the freezer for quick midweek meals. Not only are they are ridiculously tasty and versatile, and they freeze well.
My Pork Carnitas recipe is very easy but so full of flavour. It is made in a slow cooker and it takes only 5 minutes to prepare, then just set and forget. Then I divide them into servings size ziplock bags and pop them in the freezer. To use, I simply defrost, then I always, always flash fry them in a frying pan with a little oil to make them golden and crispy, just like you see in the photo above. There is no shortcut for this – the caramelisation does wonders for the flavour. And you simply cannot achieve the same flavour by grilling/broiling or baking. Plus if you grill or bake it, you lose moisture which defeats the purpose of slow cooking which makes this meat incredibly juicy.
After sharing my Pork Carnitas recipe, I shared a few quick fix recipes using the pork carnitas. So I thought it would be useful to do a post rounding these up. Just click on the recipe name or image and it will take you right to the recipe. Hope you enjoy!
Pork Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork) – an easy “set and forget” version, and the secret to keeping the pork incredibly juicy whilst getting perfect brunch bits.
Pulled Pork Enchiladas – made using pork carnitas, these take a mere 15 minutes to assemble.
Baked Mexican Spring Rolls – stuffed with Pork Carnitas and the flavours of Mexico, it’s a good thing these are baked so you won’t feel as guilty when you eat a dozen in one sitting.
Quick Pork Carnitas Tacos – brilliant for a midweek meal, you can pull this spread together in 15 minutes using leftover Pork Carnitas.
Express Taco Soup with Pulled Pork – using Pork Carnitas, you can whip up this soup in a mere 15 minutes. It’s like having a taco in a bowl!