Easy Crockpot Carnitas

August 21, 2011 § 3 Comments

This certainly is not a traditional carnitas recipe.  Typically, carnitas meat is cooked in lard.  Not this recipe.  This one is slow cooked in the crockpot.  It comes out so juicy and tender with a ton of flavor.

My family really likes the carnitas at Chipotle, so I modeled my recipe after what I thought was in their recipe.  In my opinion, this recipe is better than Chipotle.   So now you’ll have to get your crockpot out to see, right?  

The meat works well in a taco, burrito, tostada or even over nachos.  It is also great for a “taco bar” party.  It is pictured above on a flour tortilla with avocado and my homemade corn salsa.  Believe me, it tastes as good as it looks. 🙂

Crockpot Carnitas

  • 3 lb. pork roast
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup apple juice

Mix together the salt, cumin, coriander, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper together.  Rub all of the seasoning onto pork the night before you plan to cook it.  Let set over night.  The next day, place pork into crockpot.  Pour the apple juice and chicken stock around the pork.  Set to cook on low for 8 hours.  Half way through (at around 3-4 hours) turn pork over.  At the 7 hour mark, remove meat from pot.  Shred it up with 2 forks.  Pour off the liquid in the crockpot into a container.  Place meat back into the pot.  Pour about 1/2 cup – 1 cup of liquid back over the top the meat to keep moist.  Cook another hour.   Serve straight from the crockpot.

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