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Pork Carnitas Lettuce Tacos Recipe

Looking for a flavorful and satisfying meal that’s perfect for Taco Tuesday or any day of the week? Say hello to our Pork Carnitas Lettuce Tacos Recipe! Bursting with bold spices and tender pork, these tacos are wrapped in crisp romaine lettuce leaves for a deliciously low-carb twist on a classic favorite. Whether you’re following a keto diet or simply craving a lighter taco option, these Pork Carnitas Lettuce Tacos are sure to become a new go-to in your meal rotation. Get ready to savor every bite of this mouthwatering dish!

Pork Carnitas Lettuce Tacos

Pork Carnitas Lettuce Tacos

Indulge in the ultimate low-carb taco experience with our Pork Carnitas Lettuce Tacos!


  • 4 lb pork shoulder
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 lime
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Garnishing:
    • Diced onion
    • Chopped cilantro
    • Hot sauces of your choice
    • Romaine lettuce leaves


  1. Wash the pork shoulder with the juice of one lime. Allow it to sit for about 1 minute to drain excess water.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, cracked black pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, minced garlic, and oregano to create a seasoning rub.
  3. Massage the seasoning rub into the pork shoulder, ensuring it is evenly coated.
  4. In a crockpot, pour the fresh squeezed lime juice and orange juice, then add the minced garlic. Place the seasoned pork shoulder into the crockpot and add bay leaves on the sides.
  5. Cook the pork shoulder on low for 8-10 hours, until it is tender and easily shreddable.
  6. Once cooked, shred the pork using two forks and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake the shredded pork in the oven at 400°F for 7-10 minutes to crisp up the edges.
  8. To assemble the tacos, take romaine lettuce leaves and use them as taco boats. Fill each lettuce leaf with a generous amount of shredded pork, diced onion, and chopped cilantro.
  9. Drizzle with a teaspoon of the cooking juices from the crockpot for extra flavor.
  10. Serve with your favorite hot sauces and enjoy your Pork Carnitas Lettuce Tacos!

Breakdown of Ingredients and Average Carb Content

  • Pork shoulder: Negligible carb content
  • Spices and seasonings: Negligible carb content
  • Orange juice: ~6g net carbs per 1/4 cup
  • Lime juice: Negligible carb content
  • Onion, cilantro, hot sauces: Negligible carb content
  • Romaine lettuce: Negligible carb content

Guilt-Free Taco Feast

With our Pork Carnitas Lettuce Tacos Recipe, you can enjoy all the delicious flavors of traditional tacos without the guilt of high carb counts. Packed with tender pork and vibrant spices, these tacos are a true delight for the taste buds. Plus, with the added freshness of romaine lettuce leaves, they’re a lighter alternative that doesn’t skimp on flavor. So why wait? Whip up a batch of these mouthwatering tacos today and treat yourself to a satisfying meal that’s perfect for any occasion!

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