Crock Pot Carnitas!

I love carnitas.  The boys kind of like them, but have other Mexican favorites.  But everyone agreed this was a good meal.  It was truly easy.  Less than ten minutes to prep everything for the slow cooker, then just let it cook.  By the time dinner rolled around, we had some flavorful and tender carnitas!  This makes about 12 soft tacos.  I would note, adding onion and fresh cilantro to the taco makes it much better!

This recipe was cribbed from Taste of Home.

Ingredients

  •  1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 3 tbs minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tequila or additional chicken broth
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chiles
  • 12 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, sliced red onion, optional

Directions

  1. Cut roast in half; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle with the garlic, oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the onions, cilantro, salsa, broth, tequila and chiles. (Note, I used 3/4 cup broth, 1/4 cup tequila)
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  5. Remove meat; cool slightly. Shred with two forks and return to the slow cooker; heat through.
  6. Spoon about 2/3 cup meat mixture onto each tortilla; serve with toppings of your choice.

 

Homemade Pizza Crust

This recipe actually delivers a serviceable homemade yeast crust.  I did it in a baking pan and the bottom was a little soft.  I would recommend a wire pizza screen.  The original recipe source also noted that a pizza stone works well.  I would add  that I have had so little success with homemade crust, this recipe is cribbed exactly from the original source.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Stir water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and the salt.
  2. Stir in the flour until well blended.
  3. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.Pat dough into pan or on to a pizza stone using fingers dipped in olive oil. If desired sprinkle basil, thyme or other seasonings on crust.
  4. Top with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a preheated 425 degree oven.