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Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Carnitas

"Carnitas" means little meats and this carnitas meat is not only tender and delicious but easy to make in the slow cooker.


Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Slow Cooker Time: 4 to 6 hours on HIGH or 6 to 8 hours on LOW

Broil Time: 5 to 7 minutes

Ingredients
2 to 3 pounds (1 to 1.5kg) boneless pork loin roast, cut into 2-inch chunks, visible fat removed
1 onion, diced
1 tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
6 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
1-1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile
1 teaspoon leaf oregano
1 each sticks cinnamon
1 each whole bay leaves
1 tablespoon Mazola® Corn Oil
10 (6-inch) corn tortillas
Chopped fresh cilantro and queso fresco, optional
Instructions

Place pork, onion, tomato, bell pepper, garlic and chicken broth in a lined or greased slow cooker. Add chili and chipotle powders, oregano, cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Stir to combine.

Cover slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours or until meat is very tender.

When cooking is complete, remove and discard cinnamon sticks and bay leaves.  Shred meat using two forks; drain meat but reserve the juices.  Drizzle pork with oil, stir to combine.

Preheat broiler to high. Place cooked pork on a baking sheet lined with foil. Broil meat 5 to 7 minutes or until slightly browned and crispy, but not burnt. Divide evenly between tortillas, top with cilantro and queso fresco, if desired.