SOL FOOD CARNITAS

 

This carnitas recipe is a simple spin off of a traditional family recipe taken from the Sol Food Cookbook. So far, the Sol Food Cookbook is my favorite project I’ve ever worked on so I’m excited to share part of it with you. These carnitas are easy to prepare and can be used in countless dishes throughout the week.

Enjoy!


Prep time: 15 minutes || Cook time: 6-8 hours (slow cooker) or 45 minutes (Instant Pot)


WHAT YOU NEED


FOR THE PORK:

  • 4lbs boneless pork loin

  • Cooking spray

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Garlic powder

FOR THE WET RUB:

  •  50g brown sugar

  •  25g lime juice (1/2 lime)


FOR THE CROCKPOT:

  • 200g onion, chopped

  • 200g bell pepper, chopped

  • 300g celery, chopped

  •  50g serrano or jalapeno pepper, sliced


WHAT TO DO

  1. Heat a pan on the stove as you season pork loin liberally with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Once pan is hot, sear pork loin on each side until all sides are brown and crispy.

  2. Add chopped onion, bell pepper, celery, and serrano peppers to the bottom of the crockpot and lay the pork on top. Mix together lime juice and brown sugar then coat the pork loin on all sides. Add an additional ½ cup of water to the crockpot and place lid on top.

  3. Cook in crockpot for 6 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Once cooked, remove and shred the pork then replace it in the crockpot and mix well with the remaining juices.

  4. For authentic carnitas: Heat oven to 350. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and spread pork out evenly. Cook for 10-12 minutes and then broil for an additional 5-10 minutes so pork becomes crispy.

INSTANT POT: If cooking in the Instant Pot, season pork and sear on saute mode. Add wet rub and 3/4 cup water and cook on high pressure for 60 minutes. Cook vegetables separately and add to finished recipe.


MACROS PER 100g: 30P/3F/8C


You can find the recipe in the MyFitnessPal database by searching: “KLN Sol Food Carnitas”

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This recipe is from the Sol Food Cookbook, where you can find 10+ other macro-friendly Mexican recipes. In addition to this carnitas recipe you can find accompanying recipes for .a carnitas quesadilla, carnitas tacos, and a carnitas ensalada. You can find the full cookbook over in The Shop!