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    5 hrs 30 mins

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    katie in the UP's Note:

    When I was taught to make Carnitas, the wonderful Woman told me it HAD to be simmered in lard. YES it was very good, but not too good for you :( I have experimented and came up with one that suits DH and my tastes (also lifestyle....crockpot!!) This recipe makes alot, but freezes very well. I put it in ziploc bags and just grab one out of the freezer for tacos, burritos and it also makes great taco salads!

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    1. 1
      Place chopped onions and garlic in crockpot.
    2. 2
      Dissolve bouillon cubes in hot water add adobo and chipotles, put in crockpot.
    3. 3
      Season pork cubes with salt and oregano and place in crockpot.
    4. 4
      Cook on low for 6 hours.
    5. 5
      Spoon cooked pork into a jelly roll pan, pour orange juice and sprinkle orange zest on top.
    6. 6
      Bake in a 400 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes stirring occasionally to crisp up all sides of pork cubes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 03, 2011


      This is one of my favorite recipes. It takes some thinking in advance to start it early in the day but I make a big batch to last us several days.

      I think substituting green chiles would make a completely different end-product, though probably a good one. One can of chipotles is to much so I always use a bit and freeze the rest.

      Tonight we are having carnitas for "diet" food (Slow Carb--->4 Hour Body). I l %u2665 ve it! DH and I will have it with refried beans, avocado, lettuce and tomato & salsa on top. The kids will have it with cheese on taco shells.

      Thanks for this recipe...a staple and a keeper!!

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    • on December 27, 2009


      At first I felt it tasted a little too "different" (husband liked it though) -but the next day, I used the carnitas to make tostadas with refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes,, chopped onion & cheese - and it was wonderful, out of this world. I will definitely make this quite often - for company or just for us... Yum!

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    • on August 09, 2009


      This was delicious! I didn't use the chipotle chiles or the adobo seasoning because I didn't have any on hand, so I substituted a can of green chiles. Worked wonderfully. Thanks Katie!

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    Nutritional Facts for Carnitas

    Serving Size: 1 (484 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 15

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 971.7
    Calories from Fat 477
    Total Fat 53.0 g
    Saturated Fat 16.9 g
    Cholesterol 365.9 mg
    Sodium 1166.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
    Sugars 3.3 g
    Protein 110.2 g

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