Pork Carnitas Recipe
Pork Carnitas Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Pork Carnitas Recipe

Publisher Photo
I use this recipe often when entertaining. I set out all the toppings, and folks have fun assembling their own carnitas. Because I can prepare everything in advance, I get to spend more time with my guests. &dmash;Tracy Byers, Corvallis, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast or pork loin roast (2 to 3 pounds), cut into 3-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 12 flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Minced fresh cilantro, optional
  • Salsa

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 340 calories, 20 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 585 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 21 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine pork, lime juice, salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour; stir. Reduce heat to low and cook 8-10 hours longer or until meat is tender.
  2. Shred pork with two forks. Spoon about 1/3 cup pork mixture down the center of each tortilla. Top with cheese, avocados, tomatoes, onion, lettuce and, if desired, cilantro. Fold in bottom and sides of tortillas. Serve with salsa. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Pork Carnitas in Country Pork 1996, p64

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 340 calories, 20 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 585 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 21 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

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

Reviews for Pork Carnitas

AVERAGE RATING
   (7)
RATING DISTRIBUTION
5 Star
 (4)
4 Star
 (1)
3 Star
 (1)
2 Star
 (0)
1 Star
 (1)
MY REVIEW
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
""
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2013

Not really carnitas. Should be called shredded pork tacos. That being said, the pork was tasty and tender but dry. Guess I should have mixed some of the broth in with the meat.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

This recipe was a hit! And SO much healthier than traditional carnitas which are fried! YUM!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2010

Pork Carnitas is cooked then fried...This does not call for frying...This is just cooked pork meat...

Loading Image
Advertise with us
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Contests & Promotions

Contests & Promotions

Follow Us

Advertise with us ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise with us ADVERTISEMENT