Carnitas are a famous dish with origins in Michoacan, Mexico. This is traditionally prepared using boston butt, or an upper shoulder of pork and then slowly cooked for several hours, and sometimes then shredded and finished off in the oven, depending upon the recipe being used.
This makes a great filling for tamales, enchiladas, tacos and burritos. It can topped with sour cream, tomatoes, beans and lettuce. It can also be served with just the pork meat on a plate with some bread. This filling is also great combined with your favorite barbecue sauce and served on buns.
Mix together Kosher salt, cumin, oregano, coriander, and cinnamon in a bowl.
Coat pork with the spice mixture and the minced garlic.
Place the bay leaves and cilantro in the bottom of a slow cooker and place the pork on top. Add orange peel.
Pour the chicken broth around the sides of the pork, being careful not to rinse off the spice mixture.
Cover and cook on "LOW" until the pork shreds easily with a fork, about 6-8 hours.
Turn the meat after it has cooked for 4 hours.
When the pork is tender, remove from slow cooker, and shred with two forks.
Return the shredded pork to the crock pot and cook an additional 30 minutes.
Use cooking liquid as needed to moisten the meat.
To make these more authentic, after shredding the meat into smaller chunks, spread it out in a thin layer on a cookie sheet and baked it in a 400 degree oven about 20 minutes, just long enough to crisp the exterior of the meat.
Carnitas means 'little meats' and is traditionally fried then braised. This recipe is made much easier using the slow cooker but the results are just as tasty.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (441g)|
|Recipe Makes: 10 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 150 (41%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 16.6g||22 %|
|Saturated Fat 5.2g||26 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 6.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.8g|
|Cholesterol 145.1mg||45 %|
|Sodium 1335.2mg||46 %|
|Potassium 785.1mg||21 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 1.6g||0 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.6g||2 %|
|Sugars, other 1.1g|
|Protein 49.7g||71 %|
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Calories per serving: 365
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immarat29Love making things out of the crock pot - so easy. Fun recipe to make2d 19h ago
danielleeolveraI'm just starting to cook, and I couldn't believe how easy and tasty this was!!!!3w ago
familygrunbergNice easy dinner4m ago
Valerie411Very easy to make4m ago
jonathanbartoshI opted to seer and braise the pork instead cooking in a slow cooker. You can do the same with beef shoulder/ roast. Always a family favorite.5m ago
jdriemeyereasy, flavorful, and versatile.6m ago
katie_joy_hamDefinitely a family favorite7m ago
hdauriaThis may not be "official" carnitas but I don't care. I care that both my kids (including the one who hates everything) dubbed it delicious and ate several tacos. I made it as directed, but cooked it just shy of 6 hours, then shredded and let it simmer a bit more. I served it with corn tortillas, chopped onion and cilantro, and squeezed a little lime juice over each taco. I'm thrilled to find a recipe that uses both the slow cooker and a cheap cut of meat to make something my family will actually eat. Jackpot!7m ago