Pork Carnitas with Tomato-Avocado Salsa


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Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
25 mins
12 carnitas


  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 2 pound boneless pork shoulder roast, trimmed and cut into thirds

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 small red onion, cut into very thin wedges

  • 12 romaine lettuce or savoy cabbage leaves

  • 1 recipe Tomato-Avocado Salsa

Tomato-Avocado Salsa

  • 1 lime

  • 2 medium tomatoes, cored and chopped

  • 1 medium avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and chopped

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • teaspoon crushed red pepper


  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.

Tomato-Avocado Salsa

  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.

Sauté 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

199 Calories
9g Fat
8g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 199
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 562mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 12.1mg 60%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 2.4mg 14%
Potassium 674mg 14%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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