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Slow-Cooked Carnitas Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Carnitas Recipe

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“This hearty entree is delicious and easy to simmer in a slow cooker all day long. Sometimes, instead of using tortillas, I place the pork on top of shredded lettuce for a tasty salad.” —Lisa Glogow, Aliso VIejo, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tequila or additional chicken broth
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 12 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, sliced red onion and chopped tomatoes, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 carnita (calculated without optional toppings) equals 363 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 615 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cut roast in half; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle with the garlic, oil, salt and pepper. Add the onions, cilantro, salsa, broth, tequila and chilies. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat; cool slightly. Shred with two forks and return to the slow cooker; heat through. Spoon about 2/3 cup meat mixture onto each tortilla; serve with toppings of your choice. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Carnitas in Taste of Home April/May 2011, p58

Nutritional Facts

1 carnita (calculated without optional toppings) equals 363 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 615 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

I made these with steak instead of pork and they were great!

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Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

I love being able to slow cook this recipe. Carnitas are a favorite of mine, and these are tasty!

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

I LOVE making this dish. One pork shoulder or roast will make 2 dinners, so we eat supper one night and I freeze the leftovers. I also add some fajita seasoning and onions and peppers when cooking in the slow cooker (towards the end). I have substituted lemon juice when I didnt have lime juice and it turned out just fine! Serve with Mexican rice, refried beans or black beans, sour cream, salsa, cheese and chips! MMMM!

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Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

This was delicious. One of my favorite slow cooker meals. Nice flavors in this dish. Not overpowering. Next time I make I will try the suggestion of putting over lettuce for a salad.

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Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

My family loves this recipe! I make it frequently.

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