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Pork Carnitas

Oxmoor House
Yield 10 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork, 2 tortillas, 1 tablespoon onion, 1 tablespoon salsa, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and 1 lime wedge)
Soft tortillas wrap savory pork, fresh tomatoes, garlic cloves, and citrus juices blending to make the perfect slow-cooker delicacy. Serve with black beans and rice, if desired.

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-pound) boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed
  • 10 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 chipotle chiles canned in adobo sauce, drained and chopped
  • 20 (6-inch) flour or corn tortillas, warmed
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup bottled salsa
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 10 lime wedges

Nutrition Information

  • calories 334
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 12.6 g
  • satfat 3.9 g
  • monofat 5.1 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 29.4 g
  • carbohydrate 27.1 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 87 mg
  • iron 2.1 mg
  • sodium 424 mg
  • calcium 81 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make 1/2-inch-deep slits on outside of roast; stuff with garlic. Combine cumin and next 3 ingredients (through black pepper) in a small bowl. Place roast in a 3 1/2-quart electric slow cooker. Sprinkle pork on all sides with spice mixture.

  2. Combine juices and chipotle chiles. Pour juice mixture over pork. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until pork is tender.

  3. Remove pork from slow cooker; shred with 2 forks. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Combine shredded pork and 1/2 cup cooking liquid; toss well.

  4. Spoon 1 1/2 ounces pork mixture onto each tortilla; top each with 1 1/2 teaspoons onion, 1 1/2 teaspoons salsa, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Cook's Notes

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