Frugal Recipe: Pork Carnitas

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After seeing Winco’s low prices on pork roasts, I thought it’s time to share a wonderful Pork Carnitas recipe with you all! 

I’ve tried several slow cooker, pulled pork type of recipes and all have been good. However, this one is fantastic! I had a hard time keeping a fork out of the leftovers, it was that good. If you get a great deal on the roast, this meal adds up to only about $5, max and serves about 8. With my family, we always freeze a portion for a future meal, so it works out to about $2.50 each meal, or .50 a serving.

I got the recipe from the February issue of All You magazine and I have every intention of following it. However, as it was cooking, it just looked dry, so I added a can of Coca Cola and…wow! If you’ve never used Coke as a meat tenderizer, you have to try it. It works well and adds a wonderful, sweet flavor to the pork. I noted my additions to the recipe below.

Pork Carnitas

1 three-lb pork roast {aim for paying around $1 per pound}
2 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin {I added 1 tsp, I love cumin!}
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 large onion, quartered
3 cloves garlic
1 can of Coke {my addition}
1/4 cup brown sugar {my addition}

Trim roast of excess fat and cut into 2″ chunks. Spray slow cooker to make clean up easier. Add pork and sprinkle with seasonings. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Cook on low for about 6-8 hours, until pork is tender and falling apart. Shred with a fork and remove onion pieces.

Serve in a tortilla with sour cream, cilantro and sliced avacados. Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Frugal Recipe: Pork Carnitas

  1. Kerri says:

    I made this a week or so ago and i must say the BEST shredded pork i have ever had, so good that its cooking in my crock pot right now!!:D
    Thanks for the recipe!!

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