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Watch on You Tube: Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
It’s time to Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana! This Slow Cooker Pork Carnita recipe is a perfect menu addition for Cinco de Mayo (May 5). Read below for some easy Cinco de Mayo party tips. The carnita recipe is easy: simply prepare it in the morning (or night before and then store in the refrigerator overnight), set your slow cooker on 8 hours, and get ready for the food fiesta…
Cinco de Mayo party tips
Some items you might stock up on to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo…
- Tortilla chips
- Pork carnitas
- Piñata (best done outside – and supervise kids for safety)
- Mexican music playlist (Mexican mariachi music perhaps?)
- Brightly coloured napkins (yellow and red)
- Centrepiece: bowl overflowing with red, green, and yellow peppers
- Mexican wrestling masks are optional
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
- 1 large orange (squeezed)
- 1 medium sized onion (chopped)
- 1 lime (squeezed)
- .795kg (1.75 lbs) pork shoulder capicola
- 2 to 3 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp chili powder (optional)
- Ground pepper and sea salt (to taste)
- ½ cup water
- Squeeze orange and lime. Place in slow cooker.
- Add in chopped onion.
- *wash your hands before and after handling raw meat*
- Place pork shoulder on top of onion and juice mixture.
- Sprinkle garlic, oregano, chili (optional), salt and pepper onto top and sides of pork.
- Add in water – be careful to pour water around pork and not on top (it will wash off the spices).
- Cover with lid.
- Set crock pot to 8 hrs.
- Once cooked. Take out pork and place on cutting board.
- Drain liquid (keeping onions to mix with pork).
- Using two forks, pull pork apart until it is shredded.
- Return to crock pot and mix with onions.
- Serve warm as a side or as a filling for wraps and/or sandwiches.
Serve with cooked rice, corn, and/or black beans. Store leftovers (if there are any!) in an airtight container in the fridge .
Pork carnitas are a fun addition to a Cinco de Mayo celebration… as well as an easy recipe to incorporate into your monthly meal plan. The pork shoulder capicola cut is one of the more budget friendly cuts – making this meal is low cost with high flavour.