I love my slow cooker. It takes a lot of the work out of cooking, and makes things taste good and your home smell amazing. If you don’t have one, I sincerely encourage getting one as soon as you possibly can- they’re relatively inexpensive and so worth it. You can make fantastic dishes like chicken tortilla soup, or these unreal carnitas tacos. And with winter coming, it’s a great investment.
Mmmmmmm… carnitas. Slow roasted pork, cooked under low heat for hours until it’s falling apart and filled with flavor. Say it with me… total. noms.
What makes these carnitas really special is broiling the meat after it’s been shredded. This makes it crispy while maintaining the scrumptious moist and pulled texture of the braised pork.
I mean, seriously. If this isn’t food porn, I’m not sure what is.
- 5 lb boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of visible fat and cut into 2 inch chunks
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- ½ cup salsa verde
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
- 1 onion, cut in half then cut into quarters
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- corn tortillas
- 3-4 radishes, sliced into matchsticks
- limes, cut into wedges
- salsa verde
- diced fresh jalapenos
- Place pork chunks, salt, salsa verde, garlic, onion, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes into the bowl of a slow-cooker and toss to coat the pork in all the seasonings. Cook for 7 hours on low or 3 hours on high.
- When the pork is done cooking, remove pieces with a slotted spoon to an oven-safe baking dish and shred with two forks into smaller pieces. Move an oven rack on the top slot closest to the broiler, and turn on the broiler. Bake/broil the meat for 5-7 minutes, until the top starts to crisp up. While meat is broiling, heat up your corn tortillas in the toaster oven over low heat. When done, remove from oven and let cool slightly, about 2-3 minutes.
- Now comes the fun part: Make your tacos! I scooped a nice couple spoonfuls of carnitas in a tortilla with salsa verde, sliced radishes, diced jalapenos, cilantro and a squirt of lime juice on top- but feel free to substitute with your favorite toppings! Enjoy!
This recipe is PERFECT for a football game day. Get everything cooking in the morning, and by kickoff, you’re ready with a super delicious meal that serves a crowd.
I myself may or may not have eaten 4 of these tacos. In one sitting. Whatever. You heard it here first- #tacolife!