Lime-Chipotle Carnitas Tostadas Recipe
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Lime-Chipotle Carnitas Tostadas Recipe

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Here's a great recipe for your next party! Set out various toppings and garnishes so guests can custom-make their own tostadas with the lime-kissed shredded pork. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons ground chipotle pepper
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder roast (4 to 5 pounds), halved
  • 1 large onion, peeled and halved
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 to 2 limes, halved
  • 16 tostada shells
  • Optional toppings: warmed refried beans, salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce, chopped avocado, crumbled queso fresco and minced fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges

Nutritional Facts

1 tostada (calculated without optional toppings): 269 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 279mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 medium-fat meat, 1/2 starch.


  1. Add broth to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Mix seasonings; rub over all sides of pork. Place in slow cooker. Add onion and garlic cloves. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove pork; cool slightly. Strain cooking juices, reserving garlic cloves; discard onion. Skim fat from cooking juices. Mash garlic with a fork. Shred pork with two forks.
  3. Return cooking juices, garlic and pork to slow cooker. Squeeze lime juice over pork; heat through, stirring to combine. Layer tostada shells with pork mixture and toppings as desired. Serve with lime wedges. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Lime-Chipotle Carnitas Tostadas in Healthy Cooking Annual Recipes Annual 2015, p102

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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ashleycpht User ID: 8795954 259420
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2017

"It was absolutely delicious!"

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 241370
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"This meat was so tender and scrumptious! I loved just the meat with some fresh Pico de Gallo on it. Yum yum! ."

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