Pork Loin carnitas

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 501.6
  • Total Fat: 18.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 149.2 mg
  • Sodium: 812.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 22.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 55.8 g

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Number of Servings: 6


    1 loin about 2 lbs
    1/2 tbsp. kosher salt
    2 tbsp. cumin
    1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    1 tbsp. chili powder
    1/2 tbsp. ground coriander
    1 bay leaf
    1/2 tbsp. minced orange zest
    1 medium yellow onion, diced
    4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
    1 jalapeno, diced
    1 bottle or can of beer
    2-3 dashes of hot sauce
    1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped


Optional extras not calculated into totals:
diced avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo, black beans

Combine the salt, cumin, cinnamon, chili powder and coriander and rub the exterior of the pork until completely covered. Add the onions, garlic, jalepenos, bay leaf and orange zest to the crock pot and place pork on top. Carefully pour the beer around the pork, try not to knock too much of the rub off. If you have any extra spice rub, you can add it to the braising liquid. Cover and set the crock pot on low. Go to work. The pork should cook for about 8-9 hours, although I've left it cooking for 10 hours and it's been just as delicious. You'll know it's done when the meat pulls apart easily with a fork.

Remove the pork from the crock pot, as well as any onions and peppers you'd like, and shred the meat with your hands or two forks. Mix the 2-3 dashes of hot sauce into the pork and taste to see if you need to add more salt. Mix the cilantro into the shredded pork and serve with warm flour tortillas and any or all of the extras mentioned above.

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user BECKS150.

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