I can’t tell you how DELICIOUS these Crock Pot Pork Carnitas are – so easy, 21 Day Fix Approved, and (maybe even more importantly) husband approved!! These are packed full of flavor and just a nice change from the typical chicken or fish dishes.
If you LOVE burrito bowls from Chipotle like I do, this is a nice healthy alternative for you to make at home! And it’s EASY!!
I threw it all in the crock pot one morning, whipped up shakeology and headed off to work. You all know I LOVE my shakeology – it’s a superfood meal replacement shake that is quick, easy, tasty, and provides 70+ nutrients. Yum! Send me a message or comment if you want to learn more about this deliciousness!
But, I digress. Back to our carnitas…it’s so nice to come home knowing that your supper is 99% ready! Plus, the smell is heavenly!
Crock Pot Pork Carnitas
For the crock pot:
- 2-3 pounds pork shoulder, boneless, fat trimmed off
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth (an additional ½ cup may be necessary)
- 4 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Olive oil cooking spray (I use Pam)
- 1 small can chipotle peppers in adobe sauce (may want to chop the peppers before adding them in)
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp onion powder or minced onion
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- Pueblo chiles (could also use jalapenos, if you like), chopped/sliced
Optional ingredients to complete your carnitas bowl/tacos
- Brown rice
- Corn tortillas (we didn’t use these but you could!)
- Shredded cheese (we used Colby jack, but you could use a fiesta blend if you like)
- Make sure the fat is trimmed off of the pork before getting started. Heat the olive oil on high heat in a large pot or large skillet, and brown all sides of the pork. Transfer pork to a cutting board or large plate and let cool
- While pork is cooling, mix garlic powder, onion powder/minced onion, cayenne pepper, cumin, chipotle chili powder, and oregano in a bowl.
- When the pork has cooled, use a knife to cut slits in it; insert slices of garlic into the slits.
- Rub the spice mixture all over the pork
- Spray the inside of your crock pot with olive oil cooking spray. If you’re using a crock pot cooking bag, I still suggest spraying the inside of the bag to reduce sticking/burning.
- Place pork and chipotle peppers in adobe sauce in crock pot, then pour in the 1 cup of chicken broth.
- Cook on low for 10 hours
- In the last hour of cooking, add pueblo chiles (if you’re using them). This is also when you can add the additional ½ cup chicken broth, if you choose. If you’re adding jalapenos, you can add them at this point or saute them on the stovetop closer to the end to cook them up quickly.
- When fully cooked, drain excess fluid from crock pot and use two forks to shred.
- Create your bowls or tacos using the optional ingredients listed above along with the crock pot contents!
Enjoy!! Let me know how you like it!!