Move over Chipotle! These shredded slow cooker pork carnitas simmers in your crockpot all day and makes burritos or salads with just the right amount of Mexican seasoning.
Before we go over this easy slow cooker dinner, have you tried my grandma’s slow cooker pork chops? They aren’t Mexican food (which I know we all love), but it is one of our favorite recipes to serve company.
You already know of my extreme love for sweet desserts. But there is really only one thing that I tend to crave. And that is burritos. I love Chipotle, Hot Head, Qdoba…it really doesn’t matter which place I get a burrito from, but a week doesn’t go by that I don’t wish I were eating a spicy burrito!
Last summer we started making burritos at home. Normally when we have homemade burritos, I use taco meat. And they are good. But when I really feel like making something special, I slow cook pork, make some homemade pico de gallo and throw a burrito together.
It saves money, it saves time (by fixing and forgetting in the slow cooker) and your family can still enjoy dinner around the table on busy weeknights.
A special thanks to the Ohio Pork Council for sponsoring this recipe that we’re sharing with you today.
Carnitas literally means “little pieces of meat”. You’ll slow cook a large cut of meat (in this case, pork) and then shred it when it is tender. Then you’ll chop the meat into small pieces. It’s perfect for filling tacos, burritos and for topping salads.
Pork carnitas are generally slow cooked pork shoulder (or pork butt). This is a higher fat cut of meat, but you’ll slow cook it for hours. All the fat will melt away, leaving you with fork tender pork, perfect for a burrito bowl.
We’ve also picked up pork roasts when they are on sale and used them in this recipe. Either pork cut works!
Carnitas often have a milder flavor than other Mexican flavored meats such as barbacoa. If you don’t like super spicy, this is the meat you’ll want for your tacos and burritos.
Pork carnitas are a great option for a high protein, low carb eating plan. This recipe fits in Keto, Paleo and Whole30 eating plans. Just watch the toppings you add to the burrito bowls to make sure they comply with your eating goals.
We make pork carnitas in the slow cooker to keep it easy. It will take all day to cook the pork to fork tender, but the result is worth it!
**Note..If you want the pork to cook more quickly, cut the shoulder or roast in 3-4 chunks. This will help the pork cook more quickly. Watch out for the bone if your pork shoulder has a bone. You’ll just discard the bone after cooking.
Carnitas make a great freezer meal and they are easy to reheat!
To reheat, place the pork in a skillet and saute lightly until heated through. The pork gets slightly crispy and is delicious!
You can also spread the pork in a layer on a baking sheet and bake it under the broiler for 3-5 minutes until it is heated through. Watch it closely so that it doesn’t burn!
One of our favorite healthy meals are burrito bowls! Skip the tortilla shell and pile all of the good stuff in a bowl. Here’s how we layer:
Top with sour cream and cheese if you’d like.
Here are a few ways we like to use up leftover carnitas:
Recipe Source: AllRecipes.com