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Pork Carnitas

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 9 hours

Makes

12 servings

I use this recipe often when entertaining. I set out all the toppings, and folks have fun assembling their own carnitas. Because I can prepare everything in advance, I get to spend more time with my guests. —Tracy Byers, Corvallis, Oregon
Pork Carnitas Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast or pork loin roast (2 to 3 pounds), cut into 3-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 12 flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Minced fresh cilantro, optional
  • Salsa

Directions

  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine pork, lime juice, salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour; stir. Reduce heat to low and cook 8-10 hours longer or until meat is tender.
  2. Shred pork with two forks. Spoon about 1/3 cup pork mixture down the center of each tortilla. Top with cheese, avocados, tomatoes, onion, lettuce and, if desired, cilantro. Fold in bottom and sides of tortillas. Serve with salsa.
    Freeze option: Before adding toppings, freeze cooled shredded meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve as directed.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 340 calories, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 585mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.

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