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Slow-Cooker Carnitas

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  • 15 min prep time
  • 4 hr 30 min total time
  • 10 ingredients
  • 8 servings
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Using a slow cooker will create a delicious, authentic dish with very little hands-on time.

Carnitas

1
large sweet onion, sliced
1
tablespoon vegetable oil
1
package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
1
boneless pork shoulder (3 lb)
1
can (10 oz) Old El Paso™ red enchilada sauce
1
can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles, drained
16
Old El Paso™ flour tortillas for soft tacos & fajitas (6 inch)

Toppings, as desired

1/2
cup fresh cilantro leaves
1
cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1
cup sour cream, if desired

Steps

  • 1 Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; add onion slices.
  • 2 In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Sprinkle taco seasoning mix over pork shoulder, pressing to coat. Brown pork in oil on all sides; remove from skillet to slow cooker. Pour enchilada sauce on top of pork.
  • 3 Cover; cook on High heat setting 4 to 5 hours or until tender. Remove pork from slow cooker; shred meat with fork. Place shredded pork in large bowl. Add chiles, 2 cups of the sauce from slow cooker and the onions; stir well.
  • 4 Spoon pork mixture onto tortillas. Add toppings. Roll up tortillas.

Expert Tips

Any leftover carnitas filling is just as delicious the next day on tacos, in enchiladas, or even on pasta!

Play around with different topping to create your favorite carnita!

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
530
% Daily Value
Total Fat
27g
41%
Saturated Fat
8g
42%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
110mg
36%
Sodium
1050mg
44%
Total Carbohydrate
32g
11%
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
Protein
40g
40%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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