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!
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.