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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pork Carnitas

This is the next thing I am wanting to try!  Every time I buy a pork Roast from Walmart I buy one that says Pork Carnitas on it.  Never knew what they were, but they make an AMAZING pork roast; it comes out most and juicy every time, then I found this recipe for Pork Carnitas and realized that what I thought was a roast, actually wasn't.  So, I am going to try making it the way it was meant... and hopefully I like it.  I'll let you know how it goes!

2 pounds pork loin, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup cilantro leaves + 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 lrg. onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. orange zest
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 can {14.5 oz.} chicken broth
zest and juice of one lime
1 pkg. {7.5 oz.} soft corn tortillas
Shredded romaine lettuce, sour cream, salsa and avocado
{salsa recipe below}
Combine pork, garlic, 1/3 cup cilantro leaves, onion, oregano, orange zest, salt and red pepper flakes in slow cooker bowl and pour broth over the top so that the pork is mostly submerged.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours or until pork is very tender.
Remove pork from slow cooker using a slotted spoon and let cool slightly.
When cool, shred pork.
Mix together, in a large mixing bowl, with 1/4 cup cilantro, lime zest and juice and 1/2 cup cooking liquid.
Serve in warmed tortillas with lettuce, sour cream, salsa and avocado.

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