Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe

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I have seen recipes for carnitas floating around the internet, but I honestly didn’t know what they were.
After a little research, I found that carnitas are a Mexican specialty of seasoned pulled pork, traditionally fried in lard, with a mixture of juicy and crispy browned parts. Carnitas are great in sandwiches, or as a filling for tamales.

They sound delicious- but I am thinking that there has to be a way around that “fried in lard” step (I am not even sure where to buy straight-up lard to fry it in!).

So, I started thinking and decided that I would try and use my slow cooker instead . . . I love using my slow cooker to take a tough cut of meat and make it fall apart. As far as getting those “crispy browned pieces”, I decided to throw it under the broiler for a second to caramelize the juices on the meat. And guess what? It turned out awesome! Since I have never had a real carnitas, I didn’t have much to compare it to, but this meal will definitely be made again in our home! You could use these meat in enchiladas, burritos, tacos, on top of a salad, etc. Your family will love it!

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    Serve meat on tortillas, in burritos, enchiladas, or even on top of your favorite salad. It makes great leftovers too!
    I served mine on soft flour tortillas with cheese and my favorite fresh homemade salsa.

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    1. Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
      Haha. You're so funny Camille. Lard is found in the aisle right next to the shortening. Easy to find in Walmart. But it is kind of gross to think about. Anyway, I made a recipe similar to this one if you want to check it out: I crisped mine under the broiler as well (no lard for me either!)
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