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Slow Cooker Carnitas

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Servings: 8

Using a slow cooker will create a delicious, authentic dish with very little hands-on time.



  1 large sweet onion, sliced

  1 Tbs vegetable oil

  1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix

  1 boneless pork shoulder (3 lb)

  1 can (10 oz) Old El Paso® red enchilada sauce

  1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso® chopped green chiles, drained

  16 Old El Paso® flour tortillas for soft tacos & fajitas (6 inch)

  Toppings, as desired:

  1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

  1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)

  1 cup sour cream, if desired

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Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; add onion slices.

In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Sprinkle taco seasoning mix over pork shoulder, pressing to coat. Brown pork in oil on all sides; remove from skillet to slow cooker. Pour enchilada sauce on top of pork.

Cover; cook on High heat setting 4 to 5 hours or until tender. Remove pork from slow cooker; shred meat with fork. Place shredded pork in large bowl. Add chiles, 2 cups of the sauce from slow cooker and the onions; stir well.

Spoon pork mixture onto tortillas. Add toppings. Roll up tortillas.

Expert Tips:

Any leftover carnitas filling is just as delicious the next day on tacos, in enchiladas, or even on pasta!

Play around with different topping to create your favorite carnita!

Nutritional Information:

Calories 530

Calories from Fat 240

Total Fat 27g 

Saturated Fat 8g 

Trans fat 2g 

Cholesterol 110mg 

Sodium 1050mg 

Total Carbohydrate 32g 

Dietary Fiber 1g 

Sugars 3g

Protein 40g