Recipe: Pork Carnitas over Brown Rice

We have to be up front with you: these aren’t exactly carnitas. Traditionally, the pork used to make carnitas is fried in lard. Since we are always looking out for your health, our recipe uses olive oil instead. So call these the My Happy Plates version of carnitas — don’t worry, they’re just as delicious.


Pork Carnitas over Brown Rice

Original # of Servings: 1

Total Time: 20 minutes

Active Time: 15 minutes


  • extra virgin olive oil – 1 teaspoon
  • black beans – 3 ounce
  • brown rice – 1 1/2 ounce
  • marinara sauce – 4 tablespoon
  • red bell pepper – 1/8
  • green bell pepper – 1/8
  • Sriracha sauce – 2/3 tablespoon
  • pork chop – 4 ounce
  • corn – 2 ounce


  1. Cook rice according to instructions on package.
  2. Slice pork into thin strips.
  3. Set a pan over medium-high heat. Add oil.
  4. Sauté pork for 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
  5. While pork is cooking, thinly slice veggies and drain corn and beans. Mix together.
  6. Add veggies to pan with pork once it’s finished cooking. Mix well and saute for an additional 2 minutes.
  7. In a separate bowl, combine marinara and sriracha. Mix well with a spoon.
  8. Drizzle sauce on top of pork carnitas and toss to coat.
  9. Serve over rice.

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