Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

For the past two days, I have been working from home – in my bed, with my computer on my lap and my ankle elevated, icing on and off every 20 minutes.  While most of my friends have been jealous, I really don’t see anything to be jealous about.  The pain in my sprained ankle is almost unbearable – although feeling a bit better today considering my diligent “RICE”ing. Working from home does not mean do nothing – that would be a “personal” – and these days were far from that.  However, one perk to working from home – aside from escaping the bitter cold outside my window (it’s currently – 8C in Vancouver) – is being able to use my personal (one pot) slow cooker!

You may be thinking, isn’t the pleasure of a slow cooker that you can leave your house while it’s on? And while yes, that may be true for most, I am still somewhat skeptical of doing that.  I don’t see any difference in leaving your slow cooker plugged in, and leaving your oven on? Call me crazy but they are both unattended hot electrical appliances. 

Anyways, I decided to create a Pork Carnitas recipe using what I had in the pantry.  Give it a try, it’s delicious.  

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
Serves 3 – 4 

  • 1 pork tenderloin, silverskin removed, cut into 2-in chunks
  • 1/2 cup onions, diced
  • 3 – 4 garlic cloves, smashed and skins removed
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup water – or chicken stock
  • S&P
  • Sour cream, for garnish if you have it (I did not)
  • Cilantro, for garnish if you have it  (I did not) 

Toss ingredients into a personal (one pot) slow cooker** for 8 hours. After about 6 hours, check on it.  It should be shredding easily by this point.  Taste and season with S&P.  

Serve in a taco, or tortilla wrap, or do as I did and steam up some rice and black beans. Delicious. Also, don’t let those cooking liquids go to waste, the flavour is just too good.  

**As I mentioned, I have a personal slow cooker that does not have any settings, you just plug it in and it goes.  If you are using a standard slow cooker with a low and high setting, do this entire process on low. The cooking time may vary, however it really shouldn’t. At that 6 hour mark, you’ll be able to tell if you need to go a bit longer than the 8 hours I did it for. 



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