Lunch / Dinner
Slow Cooker Carnitas
As a taco filling, stuffed into burritos, or to top a salad, these are just a few ways to enjoy Slow Cooker Carnitas. Meaning “little meats” in Spanish, carnitas are one of Mexico’s most-loved dishes. They’re typically cubes of pork shoulder braised in lard until succulent and tender. This version keeps things easy by cooking the pork in a slow cooker.
Test Kitchen Tip
Head to the Mexican market for the chiles. Since they have a higher turnover, they’ll be fresher. Look for chiles that are still pliable and not brittle.
Toast chiles in a skillet over medium heat until fragrant, 5 minutes, then add to a 7-qt. slow-cooker, along with onions, cola, and garlic.
Combine cumin, coriander, oregano, 1 Tbsp. salt, and pepper, then rub on all sides of pork; transfer to slow cooker. Cover slow cooker and cook pork until meat is falling off the bone on high setting, 6 hours.
Transfer pork to a cutting board; when cool enough to handle, shred meat.
Skim and discard fat from surface of braising liquid, then purée liquid and solids with a handheld blender. Stir in lime juice, brown sugar, shredded pork; season with salt.
Serve carnitas in tortillas with Pickled Onions & Radishes, cotija, cilantro, and lime wedges.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 565mg 23%
Carbs 11g 3%
Fiber 2g 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.