Slow-Cooker Carnitas - 2 Guiding Stars
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Carnitas can be a great lean protein to have on hand for quick tacos or skillet meals. Freeze the meat in small portions to have it handy to heat up with rice and veggies for a quick, flavorful weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 6 lb. pork butt, fat trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 8 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 chipotle peppers
  • 1 (15 oz.) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups orange juice

Directions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Set to cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  2. Let it cool enough to handle, then lift the meat from the juices and place on a platter to shred with two forks. Store leftover shredded meat in juices.
  3. Use meat to construct your favorite tacos or burritos.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 260; Total Fat 10g (13% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 3.5g (18% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 102mg (33% DV); Sodium 555mg (24% DV); Total Carbohydrate 8g (3% DV); Dietary Fiber 1g (4% DV); Total Sugars 5g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 33g; Vitamin D 6% DV; Calcium 4% DV; Iron 15% DV; Potassium 15% DV; Selenium 90% DV; Niacin 80% DV; Thiamin 80% DV.
Recipe by Guiding Stars at https://guidingstars.com/recipes/slow-cooker-carnitas/
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