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Healthy Pork Carnitas
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Healthy Pork Carnitas

Author Joy in Every Season


  • 4 # bone in pork butt
  • For pre-browning:
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 small cans Ortega chilies I use one hot, one mild
  • 2 cup chicken or veggie broth I used chicken
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 TBSP oregano
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • 1 orange halved and juiced **please see above regarding citrus
  • 1 lemon halved and juice of one half **please see above regarding citrus
  • 1 lime halved and juiced **please see above regarding citrus
  • Optional toppings:
  • shredded cabbage **please see above regarding how to serve
  • cooked rice or cauliflower rice **please see above regarding how to serve
  • avocado peeled and cubed
  • cilantro chopped
  • sour cream not W30 approved


  • As an optional step, I seasoned (salt & pepper) pork in hot iron skillet with a little coconut oil. Turn and brown on all sides. When browned, place meat into large crock pot.
  • Add chicken broth, chilies, bay leaves, oregano, cumin, and juice of citrus fruits. Optional, actual halved fruit may be added to crock pot, but remove after about an hour.
  • Cook on high for 10 hours. Pork will be done when it easily shreds with a fork.
  • Remove from crock pot and shred (pull) meat using two forks.
  • **Optional, after shredding, place meat and some of the scooped out onions and chilies, into a broiler proof pan and broil for aprox 10 minutes or until edges get a little crispy.
  • Serve as a taco, over rice, or over salad w/optional toppings (avocado, lime juice, cilantro, sour cream).