Mexican Pork Carnitas Bowls

When I’m bored I cook.

When I’m stressed I cook.

When I’m wanting to rest my mind, I experiment with recipes. 👩🏻‍🍳

Well, I’ve been laying around the house for three weeks after surgery hardly able to move. So today, I can finally get up and move more freely able to do a little more, and use my arms. I’ve been so stir crazy I felt I should cook. I mean really cook. I mean like cook all day into the night cook. (Presently, I have a bowl of potato salad in the fridge that could feed an army.) We’re empty-nesters, there’s only two of us. Yep, I made enough food for an army today ha!

We usually shop at ALDI, so I tried to use up items we already had on hand.

One item we have really enjoyed are these packages of pork carnitas from ALDI. You just place them in the microwave, so they’re so easy to use. I usually shred the meat after I heat it.

Here’s the microwaveable package from ALDI.

I mean this was a really yummy meal with great flavor.

Here’s the ingredients:

1 pkg pork carnitas from Aldi.

Romaine lettuce, chili beans, shredded cheese, sour cream, sweet onions, rice, bell peppers, butter, olive oil, taco seasoning, avocado, salsa, Catalina salad dressing…really just anything else you want in your bowl.

I made mine different from my husband’s to try to be more “keto friendly” so I didn’t add the rice, beans nor the salad dressing. I also substituted the sour cream for plain Greek yogurt.

Instructions:

First, I thinly sliced bell peppers and onions and sprinkled them with the taco seasoning, then grilled them in olive oil and unsalted butter. These added the best flavor to our bowls! Do this step!

Yum!

Then, I heated up my Package of Carnitas as well as the chili beans and I just begin preparing my bowl with all the items listed above.

For our salsa recipe go here:

https://thentherestwo.com/2017/01/12/easy-salsa-recipe/

Easy Salsa Recipe

Who doesn’t love fresh salsa?

Can I get a Sí Señora? 😁

We make it all year long.

Mexican Salsa Snowman

I became the “salsa queen” when my daughter (Morgie) began asking for fresh salsa just about every week, no lie.

Yep, we LOVE our salsa and Mexican food.


I grew up in California where I only preferred authentic Mexican cuisine but it became harder to find once moving to Indiana in the 70s…now, there’s a Mexican restaurant on every corner!

Morgie and I both agreed we could live solely on salsa.

However, we are VERY particular about our SALSA!!

We like a chunkier, thicker version so it doesn’t drip everywhere and sits perfectly on a chip.


A game changer was when I finally broke down and bought a food processor. I started experimenting, at home making my own.

Which is SOOO much better because you know the ingredients that go into making it and it’s FRESH!

And who doesn’t like fresh?!!🌶🍅

My daughter gave me her 5-star approval on the final recipe, and we began making it often.

So here’s to the quickest, easiest recipe everrrr. (Remember, you can always adapt where needed. )

And the best part…

you can just throw all the ingredients into a food processor!

Buy HERE: Food Processor: https://amzn.to/2TVcnh9

SO EASY!

I can prepare it in 15 minutes flat! (I timed myself, so I could actually say that 🤗.)

fresh peppers


Ingredients:

1/2 of a large onion (optional)

1 small, handful of cilantro (also optional-BUT we DO ❤️cilantro!)

1-8oz. can of tomato sauce

5 small sized tomatoes (We use whatever is in season, or you can used canned tomatoes.)

1/2T white sugar (takes down the bitterness of the tomatoes)

2 garlic cloves (cause we like garlic but you can adjust this. )

3T white vinegar (it’s a must)

1 jalapeno seeded/ or a small amount of chopped green chilis (optional) 🌶

2T lime juice

salt and pepper

*You can actually use any seasonings you’d like: salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and onion powder.

**Just remember, canned tomatoes have LOTS of salt in them, so use the salt sparingly.

TIP: Freeze your cilantro and jalapeños for further use.


Instructions:

Add everything together in a food processor or blender. (If your food processor won’t hold everything at once, just add to the processor in smaller batches.)

Or, you can hand chop the items and mix them all together.

In the end, if you want some more liquid in your salsa just add more tomato sauce and/or a little water.

I love putting salsa on my eggs.


Tell me in the comments below what ingredients you love to add to your salsa.