Pork Carnitas

Carnitas Recipe

Crispy, flavorful pork carnitas, wonderful on their own, in warm tortillas or lettuce wraps, or spooned over rice or cauliflower rice.

Carnitas Recipe
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Recipe type: Entree, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal/Paleo
Yield: 6 servings
  • 2½ lb. boneless pork loin
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 medium orange, cut in half
  • Olive oil spray (Whole Foods has one with no additives)
  1. Use paper towels to dry the pork loin.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon and cayenne and rub all over the pork.
  3. Place the pork in a slow cooker. Squeeze the juice of the orange on top. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours, until the meat is fall-apart tender.
  4. Use 2 wide spatulas to lift the pork from the cooking liquids. Place it on a cutting board and use two forks to shred the meat.
  5. Return the shredded pork to the slow cooker and mix it well with the cooking liquids.
  6. Preheat oven to broil. Spray a large baking sheet with olive oil. Spread the carnitas on the baking sheet, spray with olive oil and broil until crisp, 3-4 minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: 6 oz cooked meat; Calories: 422; Fat: 25g; Carbohydrates: 0g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 650mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 46g;

Carnitas Recipe

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