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Tried and True: Slow Cooked Carnitas

The easiest thing about this slow cooked carnitas recipe  is that most of the work was done in one of my favorite kitchen aides – the Slow Cooker. A few minutes under the broiler was all it took to crisp up the succulent pork.  With a few whirls of the immersion blender, the fire roasted tomatoes turned into a flavor packed sauce.  As I didn’t have any tortillas on hand, I decided to attempt to make my own homemade tortillas and it was so simple that I won’t be buying them again if I can help it.  Serve these carnitas with a side of Spanish rice and you have a perfect meal that will have everyone marveling at how you managed to do it all and not break a sweat.

Gather the ingredients

Browning = Flavor

Time to mix the spices

Crisp from the broiler

Shredded carnitas with homemade tortillas and fire roasted tomato sauce

The final dish – so full of flavor

Tried and True: Slow Cooked Carnitas
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  • 3-4 lb. pound pork roast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground chipotle (or you could use cayenne)
  • 1 15 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Zest and juice of one lime
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Cut the pork roast into 4 pieces and season with the salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan or stovetop friendly slow cooker insert and add the pork to the sizzling oil, browning it on all sides.
  3. To the slow cooker, add the browned pork, spices, brown sugar tomatoes, orange juice, and lime juice & zest.
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours until the pork is tender and can be shredded with a fork.
  5. Preheat the broiler.
  6. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
  7. Shred the cooked pork and set aside.
  8. Remove the bay leaves from the tomato mixture. Blend the tomato mixture with an immersion blender until smooth. Set some sauce aside.
  9. Mix the remaining sauce with the shredded pork and place on the baking sheet.
  10. Broil the shredded pork, turning once, until brown and caramelized around the edges (about 5-7 minutes).
  11. Enjoy!



2486 cal


128 g


25 g


292 g
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