What to Eat with Carnitas Keto
5 Ketogenic Mexican Food Recipes
Mexican food is recognized worldwide for their excellent taste and the extravagance of their ingredients as it is one of the most popular foods. However, if you are on a low-carb, high-protein diet, you should not eat these types of foods as they are high in fat.
This is where the good part comes in: you can make a variety of Mexican dishes to suit the ketogenic diet, you just have to be more creative and willing to put these 5 ketogenic Mexican recipes into practice.
Pork carnitas is the ideal foundation for a delicious keto meal.
This pulled pork recipe will provide you with the perfect balance of fat, flavor, and spice you expect from a Mexican-inspired dish, whether you want to make a keto carnitas bowl, have keto-friendly taco night, or feed a crowd.
Just avoid the rice, tortillas, beans, and other starchy accompaniments that are typically served with carnitas. You're not going to miss them anyway!
Can You Eat Carnitas on a Ketogenic Diet?
Carnitas is a slow-cooked pulled pork dish from Mexico that is traditionally served with rice, beans, and tortillas. The pulled pork is very low in carbs and keto-friendly on its own, but its accompaniments are frequently high in net carbs.
Though carnitas pork is delicious on its own, we wanted to make every aspect of the dish keto. This way, you can enjoy carnitas tacos or a Chipotle-inspired carnitas bowl without sacrificing flavor.
Making the Best Keto Carnitas
You'll be able to make a delicious keto pork dish every time if you stick to the recipe exactly. However, there are a few pointers to remember if you want to improve the quality even more:
- Take into account the quality of your meat. High-quality, pasture-raised pork is more nutrient-dense, healthier, and flavorful than conventionally raised pork. In addition, you will be promoting animal welfare and a cleaner environment.
The meat should be browned. Remember to sear your meat before cooking it and to broil it afterward. This is the key to unlocking a plethora of additional flavor.
Make use of the acid's elixir. Don't forget to top your carnitas with extra lime juice. The acid balances out the richness of the pork while also adding flavor.
- Mix in some tangy sweetness. If you don't mind the extra net carbs, combine 12 to a whole orange with the other spices and herbs listed. Simply squeeze out the juice and toss in the orange slices before cooking.
- If you want to keep carbs to a minimum, consider using only the orange zest.
Remember to include keto tortillas, toppings, and sides. Check out the following section for a list of keto-friendly recipes.
What to Serve with Keto Carnitas?
You now know how to make the perfect pork carnitas, but how do you turn that into a complete keto meal without increasing the carb count? Here are a few of my favorite low-carb dishes:
- Make Low Carb Flax Tortillas or try these coconut flour keto tortillas for keto-friendly tacos. Fill them with carnitas pork and top with fresh salsa, pickled jalapenos, cilantro, and lime juice.
Lettuce wraps — To make a quick keto taco shell, simply use large romaine lettuce spears or butter lettuce leaves. I love how the freshness of these greens complements the richness of the carnitas.
- Low-carb vegetables — Carnitas goes well with most vegetables. Use our list of keto-friendly vegetables to find the best options for you. Add them to tacos, serve as a side dish, or to your keto carnitas bowl.
Cauliflower rice — If you're missing rice, make some cauliflower rice. Serve it as a keto-friendly side dish or as the foundation for a carnitas bowl. Furthermore, it absorbs more of the flavorful cooking liquid that has been left over.
2. Jalapeño Popsicles
Stuffed and Wrapped in Bacon What better way to kick off a good party than with this delicious recipe for jalapeño stuffed with cream cheese and spinach sauce wrapped in crispy bacon strips, which will fill your mouth with exquisite flavor. A good tip for preparing this recipe is to wear latex gloves when working with fresh peppers, as they can cause burns. On the other hand, stuff and wrap the jalapeños at least a day before the party and pop them in the oven about 15 minutes before the guests arrive so you can taste this recipe at a very good temperature.
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and 4 tablespoons diced white onion.
1 garlic clove.
3 cups baby spinach.
200 ml of cream cheese.
1 and a half cups of Colby-Jack cheese.
8 jalapeno peppers (hot) and 8 slices of raw bacon.
1.2 Preparation Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over high heat.
Then start frying the onion for a maximum of 3 minutes (until the onion becomes transparent). Then add the garlic and fry for a few seconds. Add the baby spinach for 3 to 5 minutes until wilted. Then add the cream cheese until completely dissolved and season with herbs. Stir in the grated cheese and let cool. While the filling cools, cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise, scoop out the filling and wash in cold water. Preheat the oven to 200°C while the jalapeños are being filled, then wrap with the bacon and bake at 200°C for 15 to 18 minutes (until the bacon turns golden brown), finally removing.
3. Spicy shrimp fajitas Spicy shrimp or shrimp fajitas are always a good recipe to use as shrimp is a good source of protein meaning it is a good food to get into ketosis.
To this dish you can add some good bell peppers along with onions and chilies and you will make it a low carb which would be great for people who want to stay healthy.
3.1 Ingredients 110 g peeled shrimp.
1 garlic clove.
1/4 teaspoon Chipotle Chile and 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin.
1 serving of oregano.
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
1 medium green bell pepper, 30 g yellow bell pepper and 1 medium red bell pepper.
1/2 cup Anaheim peppers.
3/4 cup diced white onion.
30 ml lemon juice.
28 g fresh coriander leaves.
First mix the shrimps in a bowl with all the spices while stirring slowly and season with salt and pepper. Cover the seasoned shrimp with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Heat olive oil and add the prawns, stirring until the prawns turn pink. When the shrimp are cooking, add the vegetables and let them simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the coriander.
You already have it ready to enjoy with cheese pancakes.
4. Ground Beef Tacos
Tacos are one of the most famous classic Mexican dishes in the world, perhaps the most famous of them all. Who said you can't enjoy yourself properly? low carb tacos ? Enjoy this excellent recipe where we replace the classic corn tortillas with some cheese tortillas.