Crock Pot Carnitas with Egg and Avocado Recipe

Ingredients

For the Carnitas

  • 3-4 pounds boneless pork shoulder (also known as pork butt)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 large orange, juiced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

For Serving

  • Eggs
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges
  • Warm tortillas (corn or flour)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional Toppings: Salsa, sour cream, pico de gallo, shredded cheese

Instructions

1. Making the Carnitas

  • Prep the Pork: Trim excess fat from the pork shoulder and cut it into large chunks.
  • Sear the Pork: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the pork chunks on all sides until golden brown. This step adds flavor but can be skipped if short on time.
  • Slow Cook: Transfer the pork to your slow cooker. Add salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, orange juice, and chicken broth.
  • Cook: Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours, until the pork shreds easily with a fork.
  • Shred: Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred it with two forks.
  • Crisp (Optional): For crispy carnitas, preheat your oven’s broiler. Spread the shredded pork in a single layer on a baking sheet. Broil for a few minutes until edges are crispy.

2. Serving

  • Cook the Egg: Fry or cook your egg to your preferred doneness (sunny side up, over-easy, etc.).
  • Assemble: Warm your tortillas. Layer shredded carnitas onto the tortillas. Top with a fried egg, avocado slices, a sprinkle of cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Customize: Add any additional toppings as desired, such as your favorite salsa, sour cream, pico de gallo, or shredded cheese.

Enjoy your delicious and satisfying Crock Pot Carnitas with Egg and Avocado!

Tips

  • Spice it up: Adjust the seasonings to your preferred level of spiciness. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for extra heat.
  • Make it ahead: Carnitas are perfect for meal prep. You can cook a large batch and store leftovers for quick and easy meals throughout the week.
  • Freezing: Carnitas freeze well. Let them cool completely before storing them in freezer-safe containers.

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