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Tacos de Carnitas with Chive Pesto ( Carnitas Tacos Recipe )
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Tacos de Carnitas with Chive Pesto ( Carnitas Tacos Recipe )

Street style pollo Tacos de Carnitas, or chicken carnitas tacos with a green chive pesto and mango salsa.
Course Main
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Florentina


  • 1 batch of this chicken carnitas recipe
  • 12 Mini corn tortillas
  • 1/3 c Cilantro leaves for garnish

For the Chive Pesto

  • 1 bunch chives
  • 1/4 c toasted pepitas
  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice + more to taste
  • Sea salt to taste

For the Mango Salsa

  • 1 inch large mango diced into 1/2 pieces
  • 1 green chile pepper diced
  • 1/4 c cilantro leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/4 c red onion diced
  • 1 large lime juiced
  • sea salt to taste


  • Prepare your chicken carnitas in advance according to this tried and true healthy carnitas recipe ! Crisp them up under the broiler for a few minutes to your liking.
  • Meanwhile make the chive pesto. Process the chives, pepitas, olive oil and lime juice to the bowl of a mini food processor until smooth but still with a little bit of texture. Transfer to a bowl and season to your taste with sea salt and more lime juice if desired. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Make the mango salsa by tossing together the diced mango, red onion, cilantro and green chile pepper with the lime juice. Season to taste with sea salt and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Charr the tortillas on open flame on the stove top, making sure to watch them carefully and not burn down the house.
  • Assemble your Tacos de Carnitas by placing some of the crisped up chicken carnitas on top of each tortilla, drizzle with the green chive pesto and a spoon of the mango salsa. Enjoy !