Mexican Tacos Carnitas

Mexican Tacos Carnitas
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Makes:
6 servings
Serving Size:
2 tacos
Prep:
25 mins
Cook:
10 hrs to 12 hrs (low) or 4 1/2 to 5 hours (high)
Heat:
10 mins 350°F
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Mexican Tacos Carnitas

Ingredients
1
tablespoon ground pasilla, New Mexico, or ancho chile pepper
1
teaspoon ground coriander
2
1
teaspoon snipped fresh oregano
1/2
teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
pound boneless pork shoulder roast, cut into 2-inch pieces
2
large onions, cut into wedges
1
14 ounce can chicken broth
3/4
cup orange juice
1
tablespoon honey
12
4 inches corn tortillas
 
Coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
 
Finely chopped green onion
 
Bottled green salsa
 
Lime wedges (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together ground pasilla pepper, coriander, garlic, oregano, orange peel, black pepper, and salt. Add pork to bowl; toss to coat with spices.
  2. In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, place pork mixture; top with onion wedges. In a medium bowl, whisk together broth, orange juice, and honey until honey dissolves. Pour liquid over all.
  3. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to remove meat from slow cooker. Using two forks, coarsely shred meat; discard any fat. Drizzle meat with some of the cooking liquid.
  5. Wrap tortillas in foil. Heat in a 350 degrees F oven for 10 minutes or until warm. To serve, top each tortilla with 1/4 cup of the meat, cilantro, and finely chopped green onions. Serve with salsa and, if desired, lime wedges.

From the Test Kitchen

For easy cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts

(Mexican Tacos Carnitas)
    Per serving:
  • 423 kcal cal.,
  • 11 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 91 mg chol.,
  • 658 mg sodium,
  • 46 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 9 g sugar,
  • 34 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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