Life without Mexican food is the equivalent to a soul crushing void around our house. Slow cooker pork carnitas are a staple around our house. Not only is this recipe easy to make, it freezes well and is really versatile. It may be used on a salad, inside a taco, plastered all over a delightful stack of nachos or wrapped in a lettuce leaf for a super low carb meal. However you choose to use it, you'll be happy you made it.
This Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas recipe is: Low Carb, Gluten Free, Paleo & super delicious.
SLOW COOKER PORK CARNITAS
I wasn't joking earlier saying that having no Mexican food around is the equivalent of a soul crushing void. I can't even begin to explain how difficult it was to source ingredients in the South of France. Let me just say that it was really hard so our love of Mexican just intensified over 13 months.
Enter the recipe for slow cooker pork carnitas. There are a lot of reasons I love this recipe. Here they are:
- It's incredibly tender, tasty and versatile.
- The cut of pork is ridiculously inexpensive.
- The recipe is very easy... foolproof as some people call it.
- It is set and forget. After 10 minutes of work, all you have to do is show up ready to eat later in the day.
The best part? There is so much flavor. The chipotle powder (available in most grocery stores or through the Amazon link) adds a smokey heat which is just fantastic.
STORE BOUGHT INGREDIENTS
Yes, for this recipe we are going to use some store bought ingredients. Could we make our own Tomatillo Salsa? Sure. Could we grind up our own chipotle peppers to make a powder? Absolutely.
But the store bought versions are so good... why would we go to the effort? I love the Frontera brand (no promotions or sponsorships, I just like the brand!) of Tomatillo Salsa. It has a really nice smoked flavor. It's also really balanced, delicious and has a nice spice. To keep the spice in check, I also use a smaller can of mild diced chiles. These small cans typically don't have a smoky flavor and are not hot. It really balances the whole dish.
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RECIPES FOR PORK CARNITAS
Looking for some additional inspiration? Here are some great recipes to try with your slow cooker pork carnitas.
Need to figure out how to use all your leftover pork? Here's a great guide to 15 Recipes specializing in Leftover Pulled Pork Recipes!
PLEASE NOTE: The nutritional data is provided by NutriFox and may not be 100% accurate.