Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe

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Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe
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Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe

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We shared these flavor-packed tacos with friends from church who came over to help us move. They're so good, I put them on my blog, manilaspoon.com! The slow cooker makes this recipe extra easy, and I love that whenever I make it, I'm reminded of the wonderful people back in Michigan. —Abigail Raines, Hamden, Connecticut
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8 hours

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 bone-in pork shoulder roast (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 24 corn tortillas (6 inches) or taco shells, warmed
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream and chopped tomato, onion and cilantro

Directions

In a small bowl, mix first nine ingredients. Place onions in a 6-qt. oval slow cooker. Place roast over onions; pour salsa mixture over roast. Cook, covered, on low until pork is tender, 8-10 hours.
Remove roast; remove and discard bone. Shred pork with two forks. Serve in tortillas with toppings as desired.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled pork mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, stirring occasionally and adding a little water or broth if necessary.
Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Carnitas in Simple & Delicious April/May 2017

Nutritional Facts

2 tacos: 393 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 757mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 4g fiber), 32g protein.

  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 bone-in pork shoulder roast (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 24 corn tortillas (6 inches) or taco shells, warmed
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream and chopped tomato, onion and cilantro
  1. In a small bowl, mix first nine ingredients. Place onions in a 6-qt. oval slow cooker. Place roast over onions; pour salsa mixture over roast. Cook, covered, on low until pork is tender, 8-10 hours.
  2. Remove roast; remove and discard bone. Shred pork with two forks. Serve in tortillas with toppings as desired.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled pork mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, stirring occasionally and adding a little water or broth if necessary.
    Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Carnitas in Simple & Delicious April/May 2017

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2017

"This was extremely easy to prepare. It was also delicious. The roast I got was very large (almost 8 pounds), so I cooked it on high for the first two hours to make sure it got done in 8 hours. It was so tender that the bone came out easily. I shredded it and served it both on tortillas and just by itself with cheese sauce. We also used it in quesadillas. It made a ton, so I have several servings in the freezer for a quick meal on a cold night."

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