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We have some friends coming over to our house soon and I was in Walmart the other day looking for some food inspiration. I’m always looking for low carb short-cuts, and I happened to see some Smithfield Marinated Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas in the fresh pork aisle.
I’d not seen it before but it is a new product to Walmart and at only 1g net carb for 4 oz, I knew I just had to try it – it would be perfect for making one-bite mini taco bowls! It is 100% pork and is absolutely loaded with a flavorful marinade, making it a very convenient way to make a delicious meal! There is also a variety of flavors across other Smithfield® products including tenderloins, loin fillets and roasts – all available at Walmart.
The Smithfield Marinated Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas can be roasted in the oven or slow cooked – I chose to cook it in the oven in advance of preparing the taco bowls, so I could have everything ready when I came to assemble them. I cut the pork into smaller pieces to reduce cooking time, then wrapped it up a foil packet (no seasoning required – it has everything I needed right there in the marinade!). I roasted it at 350F until fork-tender. Then I used two forks to shred the pork into smaller pieces.
To make the low carb taco bowls, I used my favorite low carb tortillas, and used a 3″ cookie cutter to make 2-3 circles from each one. I pushed each circle into a mini muffin pan hole, and roasted them for 10-12 minutes in a 350F oven until they were crispy.
Oh and don’t discard the left over pieces of tortilla – they are perfect for turning into homemade chips!
To assemble the taco bowls, I added some shredded lettuce to the base of each bowl, loaded it up with the cooked low carb pork carnitas, then topped it with a slice of fresh jalapeño and a tiny dot of sour cream. Other things you could add to your taco bowls include shredded cheese, guacamole, diced tomato or salsa.
Guess what?!? You can get $1.00 off Smithfield® products with this Ibotta coupon! So many great low carb options to choose from!
This recipe makes absolutely loads – to give you an idea, about half a pack of the pork will make about 25 mini taco bowls!! So you may not want to use all the pork for this recipe – but keep some for the next day. Serve it in a low carb wrap or over salad – it tastes great hot or cold!