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Lime-Chipotle Carnitas Tostadas

Here's a terrific recipe for your next weeknight dinner. Set out various toppings and garnishes so your family members can customize their own tostadas with the lime-kissed shredded pork. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois
  • 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


  • 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, until meat is tender.
  • 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 2 forks.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 tostada: 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.

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  • justmbeth
    Nov 3, 2019

    Pork was very tender and the flavor was great for the carnitas. We assembled them with the suggested toppings and they did not disappoint.

  • jstowellsupermom
    Jun 4, 2019

    Yummy recipe! Super easy to throw together. Also easily adapted to an Instant Pot. The whole family loved the pork!

  • rbarton
    Feb 11, 2019

    This is one of our favorite meals. We have it at least once a month. I use pork shoulder steaks instead of a roast. When you season both sides of the steaks, it yields more flavor!

  • ashleycpht
    Jan 8, 2017

    It was absolutely delicious!

  • Queenlalisa
    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! .