Aldi’s Pork Carnitas: A Quick and Flavorful Meal Option

When it comes to quick and hassle-free dinner options, Aldi has got you covered. Their refrigerated aisle offers a variety of choices that are perfect for those busy nights when you need to get food on the table in a hurry. From take and bake pizzas to Mediterranean herb salmon, there’s something for everyone in the family. One of Aldi’s standout offerings is their Park Street Deli line, which includes a range of seasoned meats with sauces that are ready to be heated and enjoyed.

Park Street Deli is not just a brand, it’s the label that Aldi uses for their refrigerated or deli-style foods. From dips like guacamole, street corn dip, and layered dip to snack trays, soft pretzels with dip, and even ready-to-heat mac and cheese, the Park Street Deli line has it all. Among their offerings, you’ll find fast-heating entrees like burnt ends, chicken fajitas, beef brisket, pulled pork, artichoke stuffed chicken, Thai coconut chicken, Korean BBQ chicken, and more. These meals can be cooked in the microwave in a matter of minutes, making them ideal when you’re short on time.

In my family, we have our favorites from the Park Street Deli line, such as the burnt ends and the Thai coconut chicken. However, we also like to try new things and experiment with different flavors. Recently, we decided to give Aldi’s pork carnitas a try. Pork carnitas is a popular Mexican dish made from seasoned pulled pork, and its name translates to “little meats.” Typically, pork carnitas are served in soft flour tortillas as tacos.

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The packaging of Park Street Deli Pork Carnitas caught our attention, with a tempting photo of delicious-looking tacos. Priced at $6.49 for a 16-ounce package, these carnitas promised a flavorful and convenient meal. The package described the pork carnitas as “seasoned and seared pork slow-cooked with citrus, ready to shred.” This is a Regular Buy item, so you can find it at Aldi all year round.

The ingredients in the pork carnitas include pork, water, sea salt, evaporated cane syrup, soybean oil, dextrose, natural flavor, orange juice powder, lime juice powder, and sodium carbonate. Each package contains about three 5-ounce servings. One serving has 220 calories, 10 grams of total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 560 mg of sodium, 5 grams of total carbohydrates, and 3 grams of sugars.

Cooking the pork carnitas is a breeze. You can heat them in the microwave or on the stovetop. For the microwave method, remove the outer sleeve from the tray, leaving the inner pouch inside. Puncture the pouch, then microwave on high for 3 minutes or until hot. Open the pouch and transfer the pork carnitas to a serving dish. If you prefer the stovetop method, bring water to a soft boil, then place the bag of pork carnitas in the water for 15 minutes. Once cooked, remove the package from the pot using tongs, let it rest for 2 minutes, and then open the bag and pour the carnitas into a serving dish.

We opted to microwave the pork carnitas, and after just three minutes, they were piping hot and ready to be enjoyed. The meat cooked inside a plastic bag, which prevented any splattering or mess in the microwave. Before serving, I used a fork and knife to shred the meat further, as the pieces were slightly larger than we preferred. The pork was incredibly tender and moist, making it easy to cut. While there was a small amount of liquid in the bottom of the tray, it didn’t affect the overall texture or taste of the carnitas.

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The pork carnitas had a delightful flavor with hints of citrus that added a refreshing twist. We decided to serve them in flour tortillas and topped them with diced avocado, diced tomato, sautéed peppers and onions, salsa, sour cream, and shredded cheese. The simplicity of the toppings allowed the flavor of the carnitas to shine. Alternatively, you can keep the toppings more straightforward, such as avocado, tomato, and peppers and onions, to fully savor the deliciousness of the pork. Despite the sodium content, the addition of veggies made the meal feel relatively healthy.

From one package, we were able to make four tacos using medium-sized tortillas. It’s important to note that these meal packages at Aldi are not intended to feed a crowd but rather serve a couple of people. While my husband pointed out that we could make pork carnitas at home using the right seasonings and a slow cooker, there’s something to be said about the convenience and flavor of Aldi’s ready-to-microwave meals. The pork carnitas quickly became a favorite in our household and a go-to option when we’re craving a tasty meal in a pinch.

All in all, Aldi’s Park Street Deli Pork Carnitas are a standout choice in their range of refrigerated, quick-heating meals. The tender and flavorful meat pairs perfectly with flour tortillas, and simple toppings like avocado, tomatoes, and sautéed peppers and onions elevate the taste experience. If you’re unsure about which refrigerated dinner to try first, look no further than the pork carnitas. They offer a delicious and hassle-free meal option that won’t disappoint.

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The Verdict:

Park Street Deli Pork Carnitas are one of the best-tasting options in Aldi’s Park Street Deli line of refrigerated, quick-heating meals. The tender and flavorful pork, when served in flour tortillas with simple toppings, such as avocado, tomatoes, and/or sautéed peppers and onions, creates a truly satisfying meal. Don’t hesitate to give these pork carnitas a try; they’re sure to be a crowd-pleaser.