Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas

For a low-carb dinner, stuff this homemade pork carnitas recipe inside lettuce or cabbage leaves, or for a Mexican pork dinner, spoon it into tortillas.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Serving Size: 2 tacos each
  • Makes: 12 tacos
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Slow Cook: 9 hrs to 10 hrs (low) or 4 1/2 to 5 hours (high)

Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas

Directions

  1. In a bowl combine the first eight ingredients (through cayenne pepper). Sprinkle half of the spice mixture all over the pork pieces; rub in with your fingers. Place roast pieces in a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker. Add water to cooker. Cover and cook on low 9 to 10 hours or on high 4 1/2 to 5 hours.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, remove meat from slow cooker. Using two forks, coarsely shred meat; discard any fat. In a bowl toss together meat, remaining spice mixture, and the onion.
  3. Spoon meat mixture evenly onto lettuce leaves. Top with salsa. Roll leaves up around filling. If desired, serve with lime wedges and/or cilantro.

From the Test Kitchen

Finishing Option

For crisp carnitas, in a large skillet heat 1/3 cup canola oil over medium heat 2 minutes. Add half of the pork and half of the red onion. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until meat is browned and crisp on edges and onion is just tender, using a large spatula to turn meat and onion mixture once halfway through cooking. (Avoid stirring the mixture constantly or meat will not brown well.) Using a slotted spoon, remove meat and onion from oil; keep warm. Repeat with remaining meat and onion. If necessary, add additional oil for the second batch. Continue as directed in Step 3.

Tomato-Avocado Salsa - Low-Carb/Atkins

Directions

  1. Remove 1/2 teaspoons zest and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from lime. In a bowl combine zest, juice, and remaining ingredients.
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Nutrition Facts (Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas)

  • Per serving:
  • 261 kcal ,
  • 12 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat ,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 6 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 90 mg chol. ,
  • 593 mg sodium ,
  • 8 g carb. ,
  • 3 g fiber ,
  • 2 g sugar ,
  • 30 g pro.
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