Crock Pot 'carnitas'

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8hrs 20mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12-2 lbs pork tenderloin, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 4 slices orange rind, from half an orange (optional)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can Dr. Pepper cola or 1 (12 ounce) can Mr Pibb soda or 1 (12 ounce) can Coca-Cola
  • 16 fajita-size flour tortillas
  • Pico de gallo Ingredients
  • 1 large tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 12 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped, to taste
  • 12 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • salt and pepper


  1. Combine pork, onion, jalapeno, orange peel and soda in a crock pot.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Uncover and shred the meat using 2 forks.
  4. Serve on flour tortillas and top with pico de gallo, if desired.
  5. For Pico de Gallo:
  6. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use; Makes 1 1/2 cups.
  8. Note: Also, up to 2 teaspoons each of fresh minced garlic and dried oregano can be added to taste.
  9. The carnitas can be served rolled into flour tortillas or in taco shells.
  10. Topping options include pico de gallo, guacamole or shredded cheese with a bit of taco sauce.

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