Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Crock Pot Pork Carnitas

I have wanted to try this recipe for a long time. I love ordering carnitas at the restaurant and I knew I could make these at home! This is an easy crock pot meal you will want to make again!

I suggest to use a pork shoulder.  This is perfect for shredding.  It has some fat to it, and you can keep it in tact when it is in the crock pot. It adds some extra flavor to the meat. It is so hard to wait to eat this pork, especially when you are shredding it, you can't help yourself from eating it!

This is a delicious dry rub for the pork roast, you will have most of these seasonings in your pantry.  Taste it. You will want to make this again.  Rub the seasonings all over the pork roast.  Place it in the crock pot. 

Peel a small onion and chop it into smaller pieces. Slice and remove seeds from jalapeno.  Peel four cloves of garlic, and add the onion and garlic into a food processor. Chop until fine and add on top of pork.  

Mix enchilada sauce,  half cup orange juice and half cup of chicken broth.  Pour over the pork.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until pork is done. 

Remove pork from the crock pot, and shred the meat.  You can put the shredded meat on a cookie sheet and put it under the broiler for 5-7 minutes.  It will help caramelize the meat.    

Add the pork back to the crock pot.  You can reserve as much sauce as you want. Might to a little taste test, and adjust how much heat you want for your carnitas.  I reserved the sauce so I can add to my own pork carnitas, I know the kids won't want it as hot.

Additional toppings that add more flavor to the pork are sour cream, avocado, and cilantro.  Pick your favorite! Enjoy!

Another easy crock pot meal I think you would enjoy is my Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup.

Crock Pot Pork Carnitas
4 pound pork shoulder
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
½ onion
4 garlic cloves
1 jalapeno
10 oz enchilada sauce
½ c chicken broth
½ c orange juice

1. Trim and cut pork shoulder into cubes
2. Mix spices and rub onto pork
3. Add pork to crock pot
4. Peel onion and garlic and cut into large chunks.  Seed and dice jalapeno and cut into large chunks.
5. Chop in food processor until finely diced. Spread over the pork.
6. Mix enchilada sauce, orange juice and chicken broth.
7. Pour over pork, cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until pork is completely cooked.
8. Remove pork and shred.
9. Optional - Place shredded pork on cookie sheet and place under broiler 5-7 minutes.
10. Reserve some of the juice to add to your pork carnitas.

I linked up to Watcha Crockin' Week #25, Meal Plan Monday #46, and Weekend Potluck #257.

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