Carnitas Taquitos

Flavorful pork is wrapped tightly in flour tortillas and baked into crisp carnitas taquitos. Make a big batch in advance and freeze them for quick and easy dinners down the line!

Carnitas Taquitos

We’re still working our way through all the meals I froze before the baby was born, and I’m grateful for that. Because while I have gotten back into the kitchen (and am so happy that the markets are open for fresh local produce again!), the whole making-dinner thing doesn’t always happen.

Baby girl has been on a nap strike for the better part of two weeks, and most days, she can’t fall asleep anywhere. When she wouldn’t sleep in the crib, I tried wearing her in the Moby, going for a walk, going for a drive, putting her in the swing – each thing would work for 10-15 minutes, and then she’d be awake again. Finally, in late afternoon, she would be so exhausted that she’d conk out in my arms for a solid 2-3 hour nap. If I tried to set her down, she’d wake up immediately. So I’ve been opting to just enjoy the cuddles and remind myself that everything is a phase with babies.

Carnitas Taquitos 2

Anyways, all this means that I’m not able to do much prep work in the kitchen in late afternoon like I usually would. By the time we get back from our daily post-work walk with Dan, it is close to her bedtime (and at this point, that’s pretty close to our bedtime too!). I’d rather spend that last little stretch of time with Dan and the baby than at the stove, so on the no-nap days, we’ve been opting for freezer meals or other quick, easy dinners.

This week, I baked up some of these carnitas taquitos that I had frozen back in February (here’s how to freeze taquitos). In the time it took them to bake, I managed to make an avocado cream dipping sauce and side salad and get the kitchen all cleaned up. Win-win – a delicious dinner and one less task on the household to-do list!

Carnitas Taquitos

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Yield: 24 taquitos

3 taquitos

Carnitas Taquitos

Flavorful carnitas are wrapped tightly in flour tortillas and baked into crisp taquitos. Make a big batch in advance and freeze them for quick and easy dinners down the line!

Ingredients

    For the carnitas:
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 pounds pork shoulder
  • For the taquitos:
  • 24 6" flour tortilla
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Instructions

  1. Whisk the tomato sauce with the chipotle chili, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon.
  2. Place the pork in a slow cooker and cover with the tomato sauce. Cook on HIGH for 6-8 hours. When the pork is cooked and cool enough to handle, shred the meat.
  3. Grease 2 9x13" baking pans. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of carnitas into a tortilla in a single line about 1/3 of the way from one edge. Roll tightly, and place seam down in the pan. Repeat until all the carnitas are used up.
  4. Brush the tops of the taquitos with oil, and bake at 450F for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Serve warm.
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Here’s how to freeze taquitos for later!

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Springtime Egg and Ham Hash

Springtime Egg and Ham Hash

This post was sponsored by Circulon® in celebration of their new Innvotum line at Target. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Savvy Eats possible.

I’m so happy to announce that as of March 17, Dan and I are parents to an adorable baby girl! She has my mile-long eyelashes, Dan’s crooked pinkies and her own amazing giant grin. I tried to savor every minute of my 7 week maternity leave, and I’m glad I did – she changed so much in such a short time! Right now, her favorites are staring out the windows at the trees in the back yard, her daddy’s silly voices and trying to join in on conversations with coos. She’s fascinated by her elephant mobile and lights, too.

April 27 Smile

I try to read to her at least a little bit every day. I know she’s probably not processing any sort of plot or story line at this point, so sometimes that means I’m reading things like On the Night You Were Born, and other times it means she gets to hear my thoughts on the latest Bon Appetit or portions of whatever book I’m reading.

She does seem to enjoy her Dr. Seuss books, though. Again, she’s probably not picking up on the words themselves yet, but the high-contrast primary color saturated images sure do capture her attention! There’s been a lot of Oh the Things You Can Think! and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish reading going on around here. 

So when Circulon® asked me to come up with a recipe for Mother’s Day using their new Innovatum cookware line, I decided to draw some inspiration from Green Eggs and Ham. This springtime egg and ham hash is filled with asparagus, leeks and garlic scape pesto to give the dish its green color and a whole lot of flavor. 

Circulon®’s Innovatum line employs the TOTAL® Nonstick System, which helps your food cook more efficiently. It is dishwasher-safe, and comes in three materials: hard anodized aluminum, porcelain enamel and stainless steel. For this dish, I used the stainless steel 12” deep skillet, a hard anodized skillet and the porcelain enamel Dutch oven. Each piece worked wonderfully, and I didn’t have to worry about the hash cooking into the pan at all. Plus, the exteriors are beautiful!

Springtime Egg and Ham Hash // savvyeat.com

To see the springtime egg and ham hash recipe that was inspired by Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham, visit the Circulon® website. This dish would be fabulous for a Mother’s Day brunch!

Good news: If you want to try Circulon®’s new Innovatum line, I have a giveaway for you! One winner will receive their choice of Circulon® Innovatum Cookware collection as well as a $50 Target gift card. Enter below!

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This post was sponsored by Circulon®. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Savvy Eats possible.

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