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Chef Michael’s Carnitas with Ancho Chile Recipe

If you’re on the lookout for tantalizing keto recipes, you’re in for a treat! Dive into the savory world of Chef Michael’s (@chefmichael.keto) culinary prowess with these mouthwatering ancho chile carnitas on jicama shells. Bursting with flavor and keto-friendly goodness, this dish is a must-try for any occasion.

Chef Michael’s Carnitas with Ancho Chile Recipe


  • 2 lbs pork shoulder, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground ancho chile powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Jicama, thinly sliced (for serving)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Lime wedges (for serving)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the cubed pork shoulder to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Sear the pork until browned on all sides.
  3. Add minced garlic, ground cumin, dried oregano, smoked paprika, and ground ancho chile powder to the skillet. Stir well to coat the pork evenly with the spices.
  4. Pour chicken broth into the skillet, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  5. Cover the skillet and simmer over low heat for 2-3 hours, or until the pork is tender and easily shreds with a fork.
  6. Once the pork is cooked, use two forks to shred it into bite-sized pieces.
  7. Increase the heat to medium-high and continue cooking the shredded pork until the liquid has evaporated, and the meat is crispy and caramelized.
  8. Serve the carnitas on thinly sliced jicama shells, garnished with fresh cilantro and lime wedges.

Breakdown of Ingredients and Average Carb Content:

Let’s delve into the carb content of the key ingredients:

  • Pork Shoulder: 0g
  • Olive Oil: 0g
  • Garlic: 1g per clove
  • Ground Cumin: 1g per teaspoon
  • Dried Oregano: 0g
  • Smoked Paprika: 1g per teaspoon
  • Ground Ancho Chile Powder: 2g per teaspoon
  • Chicken Broth: 1g per cup
  • Jicama: 4g per cup, thinly sliced
  • Fresh Cilantro: 0g
  • Lime: 2g per medium lime

Total estimated carbs for the recipe: Approximately 10g (varies based on specific brands and quantities used).

Savor the Flavor

Indulge in the rich flavors of Chef Michael’s Carnitas with Ancho Chile, a keto-friendly dish that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply craving a satisfying meal, these carnitas are sure to impress. So, fire up your skillet and treat yourself to a taste sensation that’s both delicious and guilt-free!

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Sage Kohler

Monday 8th of April 2024

This is a topic I've been curious about for a while. Thanks for the thorough explanation.

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