Monday, May 21, 2012

Slow Cooked Carnitas

Today is reveal day for Secret Recipe Club. Yay! It's always such a fun time. This month my assigned blog was Cooking in Stilettos! What a wonderful blog! Aly has lots of recipes, but as soon as I saw her Slow Cooked Carnitas, I knew I had my recipe. These carnitas are full of flavor, easy to make in the slow cooker,  (no hot kitchen!) and so delicious! I will definitely be making these again and again.

Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas
printable recipe
3-4 pound Pork Roast
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon ground Coriander
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1-15 ounce can Tomatoes
1/4 cup Orange Juice
Zest and juice of 1 Lime
2 Bay Leaves
Salt and Pepper
The recipe said to cut the roast into 4 pieces, but because
I used a bone in roast, I cut it into 2 pieces.
I heated the olive oil in a pan , and browned the pork pieces
on all sides.
I placed the pork in the slow cooker,
and added all the ingredients. The original recipe said to use 
fire roasted tomatoes. Because the hot stuff does not always go
over well in my house, I used a can of crushed tomatoes. They 
worked out great! 
Cook on low for 6-7 hours until the pork is tender,
and can be shredded with a fork.
Preheat your broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil,
and set aside.  
Shred the cooked pork, and set aside.
Remove the bay leaves from the tomato mixture.
Blend the tomato mixture with an immersion blender,
or pour it into a stand blender and blend until smooth.
Set some sauce aside to put on your carnitas in the tortilla.
Mix the rest of the sauce with the shredded pork 
and place on the baking sheet.
Broil the shredded pork, turning once, until brown and 
carmelized around the edges, about 5-7 minutes.
I sauteed up a few red and green peppers and some onions
to add to my tortilla.
Fill your tortilla with the carnitas, sauce, peppers, and
onions. Top with avocado slices and a scoop
of sour cream.

Thanks so much Aly, for this delicious recipe! 
I will be back soon, as I have my eye on your 
Pork Tinga!

Check out what everyone else cooked up today:


  1. Looks yummy! I willhave to keep these in mind for the summer, always looking for more slow cooker recipes so my oven doesn't heat up the house!

  2. You rocked this recipe!!! It looks fabulous and I have to tell you - that pork tinga is another fave tried and true (for good reason). Make sure to mix up some mojo de ajo for it :) Thank you again for writing about this!

  3. I have been meaning to break out my slow cooker. I will start with this delicious recipe! Ole!

  4. My husband loves carnitas, but I've never made them at home. I'll have to break out my slow cooker during the heat of the summer! Great SRC choice!

  5. You cant go wrong with Carnitas. The slow cooker is a wonderful thing. I dont know that I would do without mine

  6. Don't be mad, but i have no idea what a carnita is. But the pork looks like it came from heaven restaurant city :( Want.

  7. I adore Mexican flavors and the easier the better!

  8. I have to jump on the no hot kitchen train...these look amazing! And good lord my kitchen gets hot when I use the stove and oven lol!! I've never made carnitas but I want to now, they sound soooo good! Great job!!

  9. Broiling the cooked meat is a great idea. I learn so much from others. This looks like one tasty recipe. I do love the crock pot part of it. My west facing kitchen gets hot!
    Great SRC pick.

  10. Teri, Your blog name is so clever. Interesting part in this recipe is the broiling after the slow cooker. Do you really think it made a difference? I was just wondering because I hate heating up my kitchen in the summer, but maybe it's worth it? I just made shredded barbecue venision sandwiches in the slow cooker the other night. So easy.

    Love your presentation and thanks for your kind comment.

  11. I have never heard of this before and it sounds so great :)

  12. Ahhh, I can appreciate good carnitas! I order them all the time when I go out for Mexican. I can only imagine how obsessed I would become if I began making them at home. They look delicious!

  13. Looks soooo good! I love carnitas. :) BTW your blog is looking great these days. Glad to be in group c with you!!