These carnitas lettuce wraps are filled with the Pioneer Woman’s carnitas and a fresh cherry, peach salsa.

Well hey, September. Didn’t you come along quickly this year. I’m refusing to give in to your hoopla of pumpkin spice lattes, apples galore and everything else that comes along with you for one more day (including the fact that I’ll have been married for 6 years in 12 days). I do have an apple recipe (and it’s quite kick-ass if I do say so) for later this week but today, sweet carnitas lettuce wraps with peaches & cherries. Doesn’t get much more summer than that.

Carnitas lettuce wraps with cherry peach salsa

My love affair with this carnitas recipe is well documented on here. Last week as I went to grab all the ingredients to make it again, I opened the pantry to see only 1 can of pineapple juice on the shelf. I know I bought two when I was shopping for the ingredients weeks ago even though the other human I reside with refuses to admit drinking it. So I added in the only other sweet drink I had in the house, orange juice. Now, this carnitas recipe is like a 15 on a scale of 1-10 so when I say it didn’t come out as good as the first time, it was still a 12. The second can of pineapple juice is definitely not something you want to skip though as this time the sweet stickiness from the juice wasn’t nearly as prominent.


Make a cherry peach salsa to go with it.

Carnitas lettuce wraps

I’ll give you a visual of what went down in my kitchen as this was being made.

Cherry juice everywhere. Squeezed limes strewn about. The last two CSA peaches being alternatively shoved in my mouth and cubed for the salsa. Warmed up leftover carnitas being picked at with my bare hands from the tupperware container.

How enough of this mixture made it into 4 lettuce wraps to be photographed is a miracle. I gorged myself so much on this for lunch that come 8pm, after a 23 minute intense crossfit wod, I still wasn’t hungry.

I was carnitas drunk.

Carnitas wraps with cherry peach salsa

It was the best hangover of my life. Thinking about it, even 5 days later makes me happy. Which is a good thing because when a quick little vacuuming of the house turned into a 2 hour pantry clean out from a saw tooth beetle infestation in my bulk bin grains yesterday, I could use some happy. Grossest.thing.ever.

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Carnitas Lettuce Wraps with Cherry Peach Salsa

Servings: 2 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Carnitas lettuce wraps
These carnitas lettuce wraps are filled with the Pioneer Woman's carnitas and a fresh cherry, peach salsa.


  • 1 cup leftover carnitas from recipe above, just follow recipe for carnitas portion, not the steps for pizza in the link
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted & chopped
  • 1 peach, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 6 romaine lettuce leaves


  • Combine all ingredients except lettuce in a medium bowl and toss to coat.
  • Arrange lettuce leaves and scoop enough of the mixture into each one to fill about half the leaf.
  • Roll up and eat.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 17gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 722mgPotassium: 454mgFiber: 4gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 7809IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
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  1. I love repurposing leftovers. I haven’t made the pizza yet but will have to put both recipes on the menu. mmmm!

  2. Yum! I’m absolutely in love with peaches this summer. I just might have to whip this up for one last hurrah. Also, love the lettuce wrap idea; I’m sure with all of that flavor you don’t even miss the tortilla.

  3. you and these carnitas! I need to attempt this seriously but other cuts of meat actually scare me to cook haha

    1. there is nothing scary about this! You literally rub spices all over it, sear it and throw it in the oven for 4 hours. Easy as pie. Except way better. ;)

  4. Now thats a good hangover! Your salsa sounds amazing and I have to try your carnitas! Yummy!!! Oh and the beetle thing, gross!!!