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    Crock Pot Carnitas

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    6 hrs 5 mins

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    6 hrs

    Wheres_the_Beef?'s Note:

    This is an easy way to make delicious Carnitas (Mexican style shredded pork) in a crock pot. Serve with flour or corn tortillas, taco chips, refried beans, salsa, shredded cheese, etc.

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    Serves: 6


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    1. 1
      Add hot chicken broth to crock pot.
    2. 2
      Add spices and lime juice to crock pot and mix well into chicken broth.
    3. 3
      Add pork to crock pot.
    4. 4
      Cover and cook on High for 4 to 6 hours or until most of water is reduced and a thick gravy like sauce forms.
    5. 5
      Shred meat and mix into thickened cooking sauces.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 01, 2011

      Originally from California and can't find any decent Carnitas where I live in Connecticut. These are very good Carnitas, the only modification I made was to pull them apart with a fork into smaller pieces and then put in the oven, under the broiler, to crisp them up. They turned out great.

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    • on December 06, 2009


      I love this recipe. The seasonings are perfect and the meat is tender and juicy and delicious. The only problem I have with the instructions is: with a crockpot you're going to get moisture, so there is no way to have a thick sauce, or the sauces thicken with adding four cups of broth in the first step. I'm going to try reducing the juices in a stockpot on the stove. Having said that, it's still one of my favorite recipes and I make if often.

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    • on August 26, 2010

      I have tried so many different carnitas recipes in hopes of getting that crispy, flavorful meat and some were okay but this one is the best!! I was a little hesitant about it because I like to use fresh onions and garlic usually, but something about all the seasonings in this came together perfectly! I ended up sauteeing some onions and bell peppers, fajita style on the stove anyway, and served with all the fixings like at Chipotle. SO GOOD! Also, to get that "crispiness" I took the meat from the crockpot and shredded it in an oven safe dish, then drizzled a little sauce from the pot and some granulated splenda over the top. I broiled for about 5 minutes. For the meat I used pork tenderloins and pork chops for a leaner version, and it was still so juicy and tender. My favorite so far!

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    Nutritional Facts for Crock Pot Carnitas

    Serving Size: 1 (402 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 593.9
    Calories from Fat 382
    Total Fat 42.5 g
    Saturated Fat 14.5 g
    Cholesterol 161.0 mg
    Sodium 771.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 7.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
    Sugars 0.8 g
    Protein 43.6 g

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