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Sunday Slow Cooker: Carnitas

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173
Calories 
3g
Carbs 
3g
Fat 
30g
Protein 
3
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(4 PointsPlus®)

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Recipe

I have tried to make carnitas multiple times in the crockpot and although they usually turn out pretty tasty, I always miss the crunchy bits that you find when you order carnitas out. However after doing some research on carnitas, I stumbled across an amazing trick. All it takes to add that crunchy texture is a quick trip to the oven before serving. Baked or broiled at a high temperature for just a few short minutes will create lots of texture and crispy bits that make these carnitas taste like the real thing.

Prep Time

Sunday Slow Cooker: Carnitas

16
Prep Time: 
Cook Time: 
Total Time: 

Ingredients

8
  • 2 1/2 lb lean pork tenderloin (or pork shoulder roast, lean only, fat removed )
  • 1 U onion, diced
  • 4 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp. chipotle peppers with adobo sauce, diced
  • 3/4 cup light beer (or chicken broth )
  • 1 U bay leaf

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
2/3 cup (211g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173
Calories from Fat 29
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 92mg
31%
Sodium 321mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate 3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 30g

Directions

  1. Season the pork with salt and pepper. Place it in the crockpot.
  2. Mix together the remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over the pork.
  3. Cook for 6-8 hours on low until the pork is fork tender and easily shreds.
  4. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Lay pork out in a single layer on a non-stick baking sheet. Roast for 4-5 minutes until the edges become crispy and toasted.
† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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  • Kelli R's picture
    5

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

    1049
    This was fabulous and easy to make. I substituted 1 lb of chicken breast and 1 lb of boneless/skinless chicken thighs for the pork and it turned out great.
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  • Jerry  Von Sprecken 's picture
    5

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

    1049
    I've been trying to master slow cooker carnitas for over a year and this is my favorite version
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8 servings 2/3 cup (211g) 173 cal 3 g 3 g 30 g 1 g 1 g 92 g 321 g 1 g

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