Tonight is another one of those busy nights! (They’re all pretty busy really!) I have meetings all day, then it’s off to pick up the boys from school, hurry home, do homework, rush to a baseball game & pack our bags for a morning flight. Oh yeah, and try to get some sleep in there somewhere.
Luckily I have my “best friend” the slow cooker! She’s always there when I need her and ready to cook all day when I don’t have the time to do it.
I know I’m late to jump on the bandwagon, but I only tried Chipotle Mexican Grill for the first time recently. Well, let me tell you…now I’m HOOKED! I could probably eat it every day. To take the place of the deliciousness when I can’t get to the restaurant, here’s a Copycat Chipotle Carnitas recipe that I can make in my slow cooker at home!
Copycat Chipotle Carnitas Recipe
The most complicated part of the recipe is getting the pork ready. You need to heat 2 TBL of vegetable oil in large pan and brown the pork on all sides.
Place the seared pork in the slow cooker and add all of the remaining ingredients on top of pork: chopped onion, Rotel Tomatoes & Chiles, minced garlic, oregano, ground cloves, dried chipotle pepper, cumin, beef broth, salt, pepper, and bay leaves. Cook the pork on low for 8-10 hours.
Once the time is up, remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred it (remove the bones if it was not boneless).
Take out the bay leaves and drain about half of the liquid from the pot. Add the shredded pork back to the juices in the slow cooker. YUM!
Did you know you can shred meat with a hand mixer? Time saver right there. OH YEAH!
We are just going to eat the carnitas with rice tonight, but it would also be yummy wrapped in a burrito with lettuce, tomatoes, and beans!
Love your slow cooker as much as I do? Why not try this great recipe for Brown Sugar Pork Loin!