Friday, February 16, 2018

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Carnitas (With Video)
3- Ingredient Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Carnitas are so easy they just about cook themselves. The most simple recipe yields the most fabulous results. Just toss it in the crockpot and go! Come back hours later to perfectly tender and juicy pork that is mouthwateringly delicious and perfect on everything.

Cheater pork carnitas make the best street tacos, veggie salad topping, carnita nachos and cheese and so much more! I actually turn the leftovers into taquitos.

It all starts with a good cut of pork. I used pork shoulder (aka pork butt), but you could go with pork loin for a leaner cut. The pork shoulder makes it even more rich and tender.

Toss it all in a slow cooker and let it go. Shred it with forks or meat claws and serve!
I have made this several times and I just can't get over how easy and flavorful it is. I love it in nachos, tortillas and made into flautas or taquitos.

You are going to love it too.


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Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Carnitas

5 pound pork shoulder
1 ( 16 ounce) jar good green chile salsa
1 medium onion, diced
optional: salt to taste

Place pork in the bottom of the crockpot. Sprinkle onion over top and pour salsa over top.
Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.  Once cooked through, use 2 forks or meat claws to shred pork. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mine usually needs just a pinch. Stir, cover and allow to cook for 30 minutes longer so the pork can absorb all those yummy juices.

Serve and enjoy!

DONNA'S TIPS: Make sure you are using a flavorful salsa. I prefer the 505 Southwestern Hatch Valley Green Chile Salsa with Tomatillos, Garlic & Lime.

My family loves flautas (flour taquitos). So, I took the leftover carnitas and mixed it with cream cheese and Colby Jack and rolled it up in 6" tortillas.  Place taquitos in a resealable freezer bag (1 gallon works great) and store until ready to use.  When you are ready to make it, pop frozen taquitos in a preheated 425°F oven for 20 minutes until tortilla is crisp and the ends are beginning to brown and cooked through.

They keep well for 6 months.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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  1. For this Cheater Pork Carnitas recipe... did you use a bone-in or boneless pork shoulder?

    1. Its boneless.. Sheri B

  2. Did you use a bone-in or boneless pork shoulder for the Cheater Pork Carnitas recipe?

    1. It would not matter as it does not change the flavor. The flavor from bones is in the marrow. Since you are not getting to the marrow it does not matter. The bone is traditional because when it is cooked completely, it will pull out eadily


  4. Just had this for supper. Big hit with my husband & myself. Very easy. I did let the juices sit overnight so I could skim the fat off the top before heating the meat back up in the juice. Then I fried the pork in a non-stick skillet so I wouldn't have juices running down my arm when I ate them. Very tasty with shredded cheese & a homemade pico de gallo on top.


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