Crispy, well-seasoned pork carnitas are a treat. After searching the internet, I found a recipe that is now my go-to. Best of all, it's a simple throw-together slow cooker recipe. Don't have time in the morning to prepare it, put it together the night before and start the slow cooking in the morning!
Live Life Loco: while great for any family gathering, party or pot luck, these carnitas easily make many meals as they are great on salads, with eggs, even on pizza! Save yourself a lot of meal preparation time using this recipe over the course of several days.
What you need
- ~4lb Pork shoulder or pork butt
- 3 Tsp salt
- 1 Tsp pepper
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1 large brown or white onion, diced
- 8 cloves of smashed garlic
- 2 limes juiced
- 2 large oranges juiced
- 1 Cup Mexican coke
- 2 Bay leaves
For tacos (substitute your favorite)
- Loco Avocado
- Corn tortillas
- Crumbled queso fresco
- Diced white onion
What you do
- Rinse, and using a paper towel, pat dry the pork.
- In a 6 quart slow cooker bowl, mix all the ingredients.
- Cover and set to cook for either 8 or 10 hours.
- If available, pull apart pork using two forks halfway through the cooking time. Otherwise, pull apart when complete.
- Transfer the pork into a glass 9" x 13" baking dish. Ladle ~1 cup of liquid from slow cooker into the dish.
- Taste the carnitas. Add more salt and pepper as desired.
- Set oven to Broil High. Broil for 5-10 minutes to desired crispiness.
- Remove from oven.
- Add carnitas to corn tortillas with queso fresco, diced onion, cilantro, and Loco Avocado. Feast - nom nom nom...
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours plus 5-10 minutes to crisp
Total Time: 10 hours 30 minutes
Number of Servings: depends how large you make your tacos!
Additional notes: Using 3 Tsp of salt, I tend to go light on the salt initially. After transferring the carnitas to the glass baking dish, I add more using a salt grinder. And though the recipe calls for 1 cup of liquid from the slow cooker, I tend to prefer juicier carnitas. Hence, I'll ladle more liquid from the slow cooker into the glass baking dish.
Shopping Tip: Check your grocer's shelves to see if they sell pre-packed pork shoulder/pork butt. Note the amount of fat in these packages. If your grocer has a butcher, ask the butcher if they can do better before buying.
Recipe adapted from Cafe Delights.