Weeknight Favorite! Carnitas!

February 20, 2021 | Mom Life, Recipes

You’re gonna want to save this one!! THE BEST weeknight recipe ever. And it all started with a crockpot!

I don’t know about you but taco night is a staple in our home. Since starting my nutrition plan, I usually do a taco “bowl” over cauliflower rice but for this I went with the mini corn tortillas aka street taco style!

The carnitas took literally 5 minutes to prep, cooked itself while I was at work, and was fall apart amazing by the time I got home.

Paired with a couple quick + easy toppings, this is one meal EVERYONE will love. We will def be putting this into our weekly routine 🤗.

Recipe ⬇️

Carnitas: 2-3 lb pork loin

  • Dry rub:
  • 2 TBSP chili powder (I used a little less since I prefer milder heat)
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander (I left this out- didn’t have it!)
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano

Mix together, rub all over pork loin, set pork loin in crock pot.

Pour in 1 1/2c water, add 1 bay leaf.

Cook on low 6-8 hours, shred about 30 minutes before cook time is up and let it soak up all the juices!

  • Sauce:
  • 1/4c Greek yogurt
  • 1/4c mayo (omit to make even healthier!)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2c crumbled cojita cheese (omit to make healthier)
  • 2 TBSP fresh cilantro, chopped.

I added one scoop of the “sauce”👆🏻 to some slaw mix to create a creamy crunchy topping and also added some avocado! And added a big scoop to a can of corn to make “street corn”!

I also quickly cooked the corn tortillas in my cast iron skillet over med high heat to crisp them up a little bit (used just a quick shot of avocado oil in the pan). 1 minute-ish on each side. Be sure to watch them so they don’t burn!.

Save this for a weeknight easy meal and share with all your friends!! It makes a good amount! Jeff had 5, I had 3 and there’s plenty left over for more street tacos, pork sandwiches, you name it! Enjoy!! 🤗🤗🌮🌮🌮

Interested in more recipes like this? Join my free Clean Eats Crockpot group this week over on Facebook! Be sure to fill in the admission questions to get all the details!