I might have found one of the most amazing concoctions ever!! We have been eating clean for 3 years now and there are a few recipes that my husband will openly recommend to others when we discuss clean eating. This pork carnitas recipe takes the cake for husband recommendations. It also makes killer left overs. So if you are like me and you need to plan for the week, throw this in the crockpot for dinner and have lunch for the next few days as well.
3 lbs of Pork Loin
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 cup of water
To make the rub combine:
2 tbsp of chili powder
2 tsp of cumin
1 tsp of ground coriander
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp oregano
Mix all spices together except the bay leaf in a bowl. Rub down the entire pork loin with the spices and place in your slow cooker. Add the bay leaf and water and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Keep an eye on the pork just to make sure the water doesn’t absorb and it dries out. If you have to add more liquid please do. Your pork should pull apart easily so you can shred it. Once it is able to be shredded take it from the crock pot, shred and then place back into the crock pot. Stir the meat to coat with the juices.
You can fill a red container with this for the 21 day fix!
For the Carnitas you will need:
Black or Pinto Beans in a can
Shredded cheddar cheese
Cilantro Lime Topping (Do not omit this, it is what makes the whole thing just amazing)
1/4 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro Chopped
1 lime cut into wedges for garnish
Combine these ingredients in a bowl for the dressing and set aside.
Add the drained beans with 1/2 of a cup of water to a pot on the stove over medium heat. Cook until heated through. Gently mash with a fork until they reach your desired consistency.
Lightly spray your corn tortillas with cooking spray and place on a foil lined baking sheet.
Crisp in the oven on 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until desired crispiness.
Next step is to assemble the goods!
So take your corn tortilla and add your fixings to make yourself a pretty sweet Carnita.
Add a dollop of the dressing on top and enjoy!
Measure out a red, a yellow, a green and a blue for this recipe!
Your beans and tortilla are your yellow.
Your cheese is your blue
Tomatoes and lettuce are your green
Pork is your red.