Pork CarnitasSep 23 2011 by
I like double duty meals. Make one protein and get two meals from it. One of my favorite double duty meats is a boneless pork butt that is slow cooked, shredded and then used in bbq pork sandwiches and later as pork carnitas. This carnitas recipe is so easy it hardly counts as a recipe but it sure is good. Besides the spicy good taste of the pork, I love the way one side gets fried all crispy and brown before serving. So get your slow cooker out and let it do the work but you must certainly take all the credit for 2 great meals this week.
- 2 – 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 onion, diced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Anaheim chili (mild) or 1 jalapeno chili (hot), ribs and seeds removed, diced
- 1 lemon
- whole grain tortillas of your choice
- diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese (optional toppings)
- Mix 1 tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and coriander together and rub evenly all over the pork.
- Place in a slow cooker and add the onion, garlic and chili pepper.
- Squeeze the lemon juice over the top.
- Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4 hours. Adjust cooking time according of your slow cooker if necessary.
- Once the meat is tender enough to shred with a fork, remove from the cooker and cool 10-15 minutes.
- Pull apart with a fork.
- When ready to serve the carnitas heat the remaining oil on high in a large skillet. Once the oil is very hot place about 2 cups of the shredded meat into the pan. Press down with a spatula or a sandwich/grill press (a brick wrapped in foil works too) and sear one side of the meat until it is a crispy golden brown.
- Serve on tortillas with your favorite toppings.
2 cups of pork makes approximately 8 carnitas served in a tortilla.
Serving size 1 carnita.
Nutrients per serving (pork only): Calories: 170, Cal. from Fat: 72, Total Fat: 8g, Sat. Fat: .5g, Carbs: 4g, Fiber: 1g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 19g, Sodium: 280mg, Chol: 51mg
With the remaining pork add some Homemade BBQ Sauce and serve over whole grain buns. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.