Crockpot carnitas

I LOVE Mexican food! Perhaps I grew to love it even more because I live in Arizona and there are so many great options for this type of cuisine.  One of my husband and I’s favorite breakfast restaurants is Cracker’s & Co.  They have all sorts of homemade dishes and goodies.  Seriously, if you visit the Phoenix area, you need to go!  One of our favorites from their menu is the carnitas breakfast burrito.  While this recipe for crockpot pork carnitas isn’t quite as good as the one at Cracker’s, it’s easy to make and the whole family loves it!

I tweaked this recipe from the one I found on Pinch of Yum.  One thing I love to cook with is SPICES and I added a few different ones to the recipe.  I really like aleppo pepper, which is somewhat unsual but gives it a smoky tart flavor.  I get it at Penzey’s spices.  If you can’t find it, leave it out! An extra step is making a rub out of the spices and letting the pork sit overnight, but you can skip this step if you are short on time.

Traditional carnitas is made with pork butt, but the macro counting girl inside of me wanted a little bit leaner cut of meat.  Mine is made with a pork loin roast, but you can certainly swap it out for pork butt.  In addition, I am pretty sure carnitas has a long cooking time on the stove, but as a busy working mom, who has time for that?  If you make this crockpot pork carnitas, you can throw it in the crockpot before work and come home to yummy smells and an easy dinner!

Cooked pork loin on foil covered pan

I think the key to the right texture and flavor is what you do with the pork at the end of cooking.  Cover a sheet pan with foil and shred the meat.  Next, I ladle some of the leftover cooking liquid onto the meat, adding moistness.  The, broil the pork until the top is crispy.  I even take it out, stir and broil it a little more. Then to add more moisture, ladle some more of that yummy cooking liquid on it again.

Tacos with carnitas, avocado and cilantro

Anyone who is looking for easy crockpot recipes should look no further!  We make burritos, tacos, bowls and even eat this for breakfast.  Add some eggs and refried beans and it’s total deliciousness! Add this to your rotation of meal prep recipes!  I promise you won’t be disappointed!