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Try These Whole30 Carnitas Today: Orange and Cumin Pork Carnitas in Celery Root Tortillas

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Orange and Cumin Pork Carnitas from The Whole30 Friends & Family

These Orange and Cumin Pork Carnitas are served on Celery Root “Tortillas” … if you’ve never tried celery root slices this way, you must. As they’re grilled or griddled, they sweeten slightly, soften up enough for easy wrapping, and take on a beautiful golden color with lightly charred edges.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Bake 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6


For the carnitas

  • 1 ½ cups fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed, skins removed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 2 ½ pounds boneless pork shoulder trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

For the tortillas

  • 2 large celery roots about 1 pound each, ends trimmed, peeled

For serving

  • Guacamole
  • Whole30 compatible fresh salsa or pico de gallo
  • Whole30 Sriracha
  • Whole30 compatible hot sauce optional


  • PREHEAT the oven to 350°F.
  • MAKE THE CARNITAS: In a Dutch oven or large ovenproof pot, combine the orange juice, lime juice,cumin, paprika, coriander, garlic, and salt. Add the pork and stir to combine. Bake,covered, until very tender, about 2½ hours.
  • USING a slotted spoon, transfer the pork to a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the pork into small pieces and return it to the pot. Simmer uncovered, over medium-low heat, until almost all of the liquid is gone, about 20 minutes.
  • MAKE THE TORTILLAS: Meanwhile, thinly slice the celery roots with a mandoline on the ⅛-inch setting or with a sharp knife. Choose the 18 largest slices for tortillas. (Store any leftover slices in an airtight container in the refrigerator for another use.)
  • HEAT a grill pan over medium heat. Cook, turning occasionally, until grill marks form and the tortillas are tender and pliable, about 5 minutes. (You may need to press gently on the tortillas with a spatula.)
  • TO serve, spoon about 1 tablespoon of the meat into each tortilla. Top with guacamole, salsa, and Sriracha, if desired.Tip: This recipe makes about 4 cups of carnitas, so you will have leftovers. Store the meat in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Published by Melissa Urban

Melissa Urban is a 7x New York Times bestselling author (including the #1 bestselling The Whole30) who specializes in helping people establish healthy boundaries and successfully navigate habit change. She has been featured by the New York Times, People, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, and is a prominent keynote speaker on boundaries, building community, health trends, and entrepreneurship. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT with her husband, son, and a poodle named Henry.