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Crockpot Pork Carnitas

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Crockpot Pork Carnitas

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  • 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 lb. pork shoulder
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 12 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
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    Calories270Calories from Fat110
    Total Fat12g18%
    Saturated Fat3.5g18%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat110
    Total Carbohydrate5g2%
    Dietary Fiber<1g4%
    Vitamin A4%
    Vitamin C25%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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    Lauren Jacobs 2 months ago
    Outstanding flavor! We seared the meat then cooked an 8 lb piece of pork on low in the crock pot for 14 hrs. I will say we like ours CRISPY crispy, so we didn’t sprinkle any of the liquid on the meat before putting in the oven to broil. *Because we cooked so much, it took us a few days to get through. I initially only broiled the meat halfway to my preference, that way when it was time to reheat, I could broil again and serve without it becoming dry. Will do this next time I make as well.*
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    Jesse Perez 2 years ago
    Made this recipe so many times! I like to put the spice rub on the shoulder the night before to let the flavor penetrate the meat. Instead of adding just juice, I slice two limes and two oranges in half, squeeze the juice out, and then put the squeezed halves of citrus in the crock pot too, like in traditional carnitas. Once you get them crispy under the broiler....!!!! Just like the carnitas from the taqueria down the street from my house
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    ThatGuyHarshe 2 years ago
    Turned out awesome lots of flavor and was the easiest dinners I ever made.
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    Tim 2 years ago
    Absolutely solid recipe and one of the reasons I love this app. Make this often and always comes out amazing.
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    Deanna Reinstein 2 years ago
    This is our favorite carnitas recipe hands down! It’s full of flavor and we use it frequently for our taco Tuesday’s. Highly recommend!
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    Lyssa St. Cyr 3 years ago
    Amazing favorite recipe!!
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    hungry 3 years ago
    Flavor was great! I was out of chili powder, so I used instead 1/2 teaspoons of paprika, cayenne and Sri Racha sauce. It had a little heat and I loved that! I also didn’t have OJ and used Herdez green salsa and a small can of diced green chili’s, and used water instead of chicken broth. Would definitely make again.
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    Jason Miller 3 years ago
    Excellent and easy. I used Dole Pineapple juice and it was amazing.
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    Casillas 3 years ago
    needed more salt and a bit more bite.
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    Scott Duffey 3 years ago
    Super easy. Modified spices a bit to my liking. Even easier in an instapot. Highly recommended!
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    Sarah Campbell 3 years ago
    Amazing. I made a pork one exactly like recipe and a jackfruit vegan option. Both equally delicious. This is my daughter’s favorite thing in the world to eat.
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    Bessie Walker 3 years ago
    This recipe is definitely a keeper. I added some canned chipotle pepper and sauce. This added a small kick in spice. It wasn’t hot just a nice spicy level.
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    Daniel 3 years ago
    Very good, quick, easy.
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    Dr. B 3 years ago
    Turned out pretty good. I added Mojo sauce too. It was a little bland so after slow cooking, I added additional seasoning.
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    Lindley Ward 3 years ago
    It was a hit with my family and it was easy to make.
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    NJ 3 years ago
    I have made this several times and it turns out great every time! It is my go to carnita recipe.
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    Carl T. 3 years ago
    delicious and feeds a ton, i only used half the recommended lime juice and made Pico de Gallo to go with them in tacos
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    Meaghan 3 years ago
    Turned out great... highly recommend the broiler step to get the ends nice and crispy. May have poured too much sauce on before the broiler step because it took 15 minutes to crisp up in our oven. Husband agreed with other reviews that the cinnamon was strong but I couldn’t taste it. Made it so I could have lunch leftovers to bring to work ... making burrito bowls for leftovers. We had it for dinner in soft shell tacos. Could see this going well over salad as well!
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    Anna 3 years ago
    Holy moly! This was by far the best carnitas I’ve ever had. I added more cumin because we love cumin. I also added all of the ingredients into the crock pot insert the night before so all I had to do in the morning was open the fridge, pull it out, and place it in the heating unit on low. When I got home it was boiling, so I opened the lid and pulled the meat. It was so tender, I didn’t need to pull the meat out of the crockpot! Then I left the lid off and let it boil for another hour before pulling the meat out and placing it under the broiler on low for about 6 minutes. My husband said this was a keeper and we will be enjoying this at least twice a month.
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    Amy Sprout 3 years ago
    I’ve made this twice and have been so pleased with the taste. 2nd time made for company and got rave reviews on tenderness. I did not do the carnitas broiler step the 2nd time around. It is delicious both ways. The carnitas was nice for a crisper chewier element to rice bowls.
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    Janice Frazier 3 years ago
    I loved it! Delicious and will make it again 💙
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    Leah Hughes 3 years ago
    Yum, the whole family liked it. Putting it in the broiler on high for 10 minutes really was the finishing touch.
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    honeybun23 3 years ago
    Definitely a keeper recipe. Next time I will add more of the seasoning
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    Rick Amos 4 years ago
    This does have great flavour. I added a small chilli cause I like the heat. Served with Mexican slaw with cilantro lime dressing and sriracha Yummy
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    Kahler 4 years ago
    Nice flavor and even pleased my 13 year old!
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    Deanna 4 years ago
    The pork was super tender and just fell apart. The seasoning was perfect. I will definitely make again.
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    Matt 4 years ago
    Great pork carnitas recipe. Simple to make, and taste terrific. Wouldn’t change anything.
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    Jen 4 years ago
    Turn out great, definitely adding this one to the rotation!! Wouldn’t change a thing
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    Cara 4 years ago
    AMAZING Would not change a thing
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    Hannah Griffin 4 years ago
    so good! I put in the rind of one of the oranges and one of the limes and it turned out amazing. my husband couldn't stop talking about how good it was. definitely making this again!