Crock Pot Carnitas

This weekend I used my slow cooker again to make a delicious batch of carnitas.  Carnitas are usually made by simmering pork in some type of fat but this recipe takes a healthier route by allowing the meat to cook in its natural juices and tomatoes.  You’ll love how tender the meat becomes from cooking for hours in your crockpot and it is the perfect filing for tamales, tacos and burritos.  I served this deliciousness in soft tacos with guacamole and queso fresco.  DSC_0177

What to buy (serves 4-5):

  • 2-3 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 chipotle peppers with 1-2 tablespoons adobo sauce (canned in adobo sauce)
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes with juices

What to do:

  • add meat to slow cooker and layer spices, garlic, peppers and tomatoes on top
  • cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender enough to be shredded easily with forks
  • allow meat to cool slightly and shred, reserving some vegetables and sauce for serving
  • for carnitas tacos, serve in tortillas with guacamole, cheese,  sour cream, lettuce, whatever you like!DSC_0084