Carnitas Chile Relleno Tacos


On my anniversary this year, I discovered my lust for pork. Before I thought that pork was dry and tough.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would fall in love with pork. I guess it goes to show that it’s a good idea to re-try foods that were previously unappetizing.  I also hated mushrooms and shrimp until very recently.  Our taste buds are always evolving!


After my anniversary dinner with the Bear, I wanted to experiment with my own pork recipe.  I figured that you can’t go wrong with a slow cooker recipe as they are the easiest out there.  It doesn’t matter the cut of meat, it will always turn out tender and delicious.


Growing up in San Diego, we had some of the best Mexican food that the U.S. has to offer, which was just one benefit of being so close to the border.  The Bear would say the other benefit of Mexico is Coca-Cola with real sugar cane.  FYI, never tell the border patrol that you are bringing Coke across the border. They may get the wrong idea!  The Bear knows this from experience…


…Anyways, I had a hunger for Mexican food the other day, so I decided to make Carnitas Tacos.

Carnitas Chile Relleno Tacos
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Serves: 8

  • 3lbs pork roast
  • 1 can green chilies, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 T grapeseed oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 T chili powder
  • 1 T smoked paprika
  • 1 t caynene
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t brown sugar

  1. Combine all spices in a small bowl.
  2. Cover the pork roast with half of the seasoning.
  3. On a skillet over medium heat, brown the pork roast in grapeseed oil.
  4. Cut the pork roast into smaller chunks.
  5. In a slow cooker, combine pork roast, onion, green chilies, and water.
  6. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  7. Shred the pork roast using two forks.
  8. Add shredded pork to corn tortillas and top with avocado, cheese, or corn salsa (or all three!)


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I stumbled upon a can of green chilies in the pantry and thought it would be fun to combine two of my favorite Mexican recipes… Chile Rellenos and Carnitas Tacos!  The combination was delicious!  The Bear ate four MONSTER tacos while I ate the two in the picture.


Turns out pork isn’t as unhealthy as I previously thought!  Check out these health benefits from pork:

  • Iron
  • Vitamin B12
  • Thiamin
  • High Protein Content
  • Zinc


Look what I found at Trader Joe’s and Von’s – corn and wheat tortillas!  They are a little chewier than corn or wheat tortillas, which I absolutely loved!  The Bear liked them too! Normally he doesn’t like corn or wheat tortillas and only eats flour tortillas.  Success! I love finding a healthy ingredient that he actually enjoys. :)

What food(s) did you hate as a child, but enjoy as an adult?

4 thoughts on “Carnitas Chile Relleno Tacos

  1. This makes me laugh because I never used to like pork either. I really want to try these ! Do you get the pork at the meat counter? I’m always so overwhelmed there!

    Poor Bear telling the border patrol he was bringing Coca-Cola back into the US! Bet that made for a great story!
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    • Normally I buy meat from the Whole Foods meat counter and they are always very helpful in picking a nice cut. For this recipe, I bought the pork roast from Trader Joe’s and it was already wrapped up and ready to go.

      The Bear got really lucky with the border patrol! They only patted him down and made him put his bag through the x-ray. No strip searching! Thank goodness! lol

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