Pork Carnitas with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Serving Size: 2 carnitas (2 lettuce leaves, 2/3 cup meat mixture, + 1/3 cup salsa)
  • Makes: 12 carnitas
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Slow Cook: 10 hrs to 12 hrs (low) or 4 1/2 to 5 hours (high)

Pork Carnitas with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

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Directions

  1. In a small bowl combine first eight ingredients (through cayenne pepper). Sprinkle half of the mixture over meat; rub in with your fingers. Place meat in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add the water.
  2. Cover and cook on low 10 to 12 hours or on high 4 1/2 to 5 hours.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, remove meat from cooker. Coarsely shred meat using two forks; transfer to a large bowl. Add onion and remaining spice mixture; toss gently to coat.
  4. To serve, spoon meat mixture onto lettuce and top with Tomato-Avocado Salsa. Roll up lettuce around filling.

From the Test Kitchen

Saute Finishing Option

Prepare as directed through Step 3. In a large skillet heat 1/3 cup olive oil over medium heat 2 minutes. Add half of the meat mixture; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until meat is browned and crisp on edges, turning once with a large spatula. (Avoid stirring the mixture constantly or meat will not brown well). Remove with a slotted spoon; keep warm. Repeat with remaining meat mixture, adding additional olive oil if necessary.

Tomato-Avocado Salsa

Directions

  1. Remove 1/2 teaspoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice from lime. In a medium bowl combine the lime zest and juice and the remaining ingredients.
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Nutrition Facts (Pork Carnitas with Tomato-Avocado Salsa)

  • Per serving:
  • 199 kcal ,
  • 9 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat ,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 5 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 61 mg chol. ,
  • 562 mg sodium ,
  • 8 g carb. ,
  • 3 g fiber ,
  • 2 g sugar ,
  • 21 g pro.
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