Serving Size:
2-1/2 ounces pork + 2 tortillas

    Diet Types:
  • Dialysis
  • Gluten-free
  • Higher Potassium
  • CKD non-dialysis


  • 1 pound boneless pork shoulder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces mild diced green chilies
  • 3 tablespoons New Mexico red chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 8 cilantro sprigs


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. Dice the pork. Sprinkle the salt over diced pork and stir. Set aside.
  2. Dice the onion, jalapeno and garlic. (If mild heat desired remove the seeds and membrane from jalapeno.) Squeeze juice from one lime (1/4 cup). Cut the other lime into wedges.
  3. Heat a Dutch oven or oven-safe heavy pot over medium heat. Add vegetable oil and when oil starts to glisten add diced pork and brown pieces on each side.
  4. Add onion, jalapeno and green chilies and sauté until golden. Add garlic and cook until lightly browned, using caution not to burn.
  5. Add all 6 dried spices and cook for 2 minutes to bringing out their fragrance.
  6. Deglaze the pot with fresh lime juice and broth. Scrape bits off sides and bottom of pot and cook for 2 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  7. Add honey and stir thoroughly, bringing mixture to a medium boil.
  8. Cover the pot and place in the oven. Bake for 1 hour until the meat is fork tender and falling apart.
  9. Remove cover, stir gently and let rest for 10 minutes. Serve with corn tortillas and garnish with a squeeze of fresh lime and a sprig of cilantro.

Helpful hints

  • This higher potassium dish includes ingredients for the whole meal.
  • Use leftover Carne Adovada in burritos or tacos.
  • What’s the difference between chile powder and chili powder? Chile powder is made from pure dried peppers. Chili powder is a combination of ground chile peppers, cumin, oregano, black
  • pepper and salt. Always check the sodium content.
  • If New Mexico chile powder is unavailable you can substitute dried Anaheim (California) chile powder.
  • Adjust the portion to match your meal plan for a lower protein diet.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 364

Protein 20 g

Carbohydrates 35 g

Fat 16 g

Cholesterol 53 mg

Sodium 267 mg

Potassium 535 mg

Phosphorus 298 mg

Calcium 120 mg

Fiber 4.9 g

Added Sugar 7 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 2 starch
  • 1-1/2 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1 fat

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