Mmmm … there are few things like a well-done, tender shoulder roast.
Fortunately we have lots of great way to incorporate a shoulder roast into a great weekday meal.
This slow-cooker Citrus Carnitas will not only be easy on the wallet, but it’ll fill stomachs and make enough for leftovers!
- 1 (2 to 3 lb.) boneless pork shoulder roast
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 cup orange juice
- 4 limes, juiced (1/2 cup)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. fine sea salt
- 24 corn tortillas, for serving
- 2 limes, cut into wedges, for serving
- Optional toppings: guacamole, black beans, yellow rice, cooked bell pepper strips, shredded lettuce, and/or chopped tomatoes.
1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat to fit a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker. Use a paring knife to cut 1 inch slits in the pork about every 2 inches.
2. In a large skillet, warm olive oil over medium heat. Add meat and cook for about 10 minutes or until browned, turning once. Transfer meat to slow cooker.
3. In a medium bowl, combine orange juice, lime juice, garlic, cumin, oregano, and salt. Pour mixture over meat.
4. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours. Transfer meat to a cutting board; cool slightly. Using forks, shred meat. Drain cooking juices, reserving 1/2 cup. Return meat to slow cooker. Add reserved juices to meat mixture; serve with a slotted spoon.
5. For crispy carnitas, heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pork in batches, cooking and stirring for 3 to 5 minutes or until browned and desired level of crispness.
6. Preheat oven to 350°F. Wrap corn tortillas in foil. Bake for 10 minutes or until warm. Serve pork on warm corn tortillas with lime wedges and desired toppings.
234 calories, 7 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 50 mg cholesterol, 231 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 18 g protein. Daily values: 1% vitamin A, 17% vitamin C, 5% calcium, 11% iron.
** Total time: 25 minutes plus 4 hours cook time • makes 12 tacos (Recipe adapted from original, here).