Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos, 5 points+

by DanicasDaily on August 6, 2012

Happy Monday all!  Thanks for all the nice comments on my Simply Filling Month Success.  It has been really fun to have you all cheer me on and to share ideas along the way.  It is also great to get back into my cooking groove in the kitchen ~ tonight’s dinner goes on my list of PHENOMENAL dishes….I am pretty sure I kept saying these Pork Carnitas are soooooo good with like every bite.  But, more on that in a bit.

This morning I was up bright and early to hop on the treadmill where I pounded out a 30 minute jog/walk.  It feels awesome to be jogging more than I am walking and going a little further each day.

I couldn’t fathom eating any food at all this morning ~ in fact, even just the smell when I walked into Starbuck’s made me feel sick.  I knew if I could just get a Grande Non Fat Decaf Latte and banana in my system, it might help ~ I totally blame yesterday’s Skinny Cocktail, Wine and rich food.

SF – 3 points+

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It actually took another big cup of coffee and rushing around to eat lunch before we headed out to an offsite meeting before I started to feel normal again.

This morning I packed up a big salad with organic mixed greens, red cabbage, carrots, lemon cucumber and cherry tomatoes.

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Then, I layered on 1 oz of ham, 1 oz turkey and a lite string cheese.

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Topped with 1 Tbsp Sunflower Seeds and 1 Tbsp Newman’s Lite LIme Vinaigrette. (SF+2 WPA for the nuts & dressing) – 5 points+

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Hydration!

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I managed to grab a quick snack on my way between meetings this afternoon and chow down as I was setting up my computer and telling everyone how the offsite meeting went ~ Multi-Tasker!

Pluot – lite string cheese (SF) – 1 points+

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I have been craving really good Mexican Food now for almost two weeks and have had a few thoughts of heading over to Chipotle just to eat their Chips and Guacamole for dinner.  I decided to satisfy my Carnitas Mexican Food craving tonight.

I put dinner in the crockpot before heading out the door this morning so dinner would cook all day long with little for me to do when I got home.

As soon as I walked in the door, I whipped up a batch of Sea Salted Homemade Tortilla Chips drizzled with a little lime juice to snack on while I prepped our tacos. (SF+ 2 WPA for the tortillas) – 2 points+ for 1 chips!

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While the chips cooked, I whipped up a quick batch of salsa in my food processor.

FRESH TOMATO SALSA, 0 POINTS+ (print it!)

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INGREDIENTS

  • 6-8 tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and quartered
  • 1 small green bell pepper, quartered
  • 1/2 sweet onion, quartered
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup cilantro, roughly chopped, optional
  • sea salt & pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Add tomatoes to food processor and pulse until roughly chopped.  Pour into a large bowl and set aside.

2.  Add jalapeno through garlic to the food processor.  Process until minced.  Pour into tomato bowl.

3.  Add sugar, cilantro, sea salt and black pepper to the salsa mix.  Stir to combine and dig in!

Make 12, 1/2 cup servings, 0 points+ each

These are probably the easiest Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas you will ever make.  Rub the pork loin with homemade taco seasoning, top with salsa, fire roasted green chilies, a little onion and bell pepper, then, let it cook slow and low all day long.

The meat is so tender that it literally melts in your mouth as the juices drip down your hand.  The taco season and good salsa really make this recipe exceptional. Carnitas can be served as tacos with GUACAMOLE!, Taco-Dillas with homemade salsa!, healthy nachos, tostadas, in burritos, on top of taco salads or just eaten straight up.  You really do not need anything other than a tortilla to scoop up these Carnitas, but, feel free to mix and match with any toppings that strike your fancy.

Hands down ~ these might just be the BEST tacos I’ve ever made!

SLOW COOKER PORK CARNITA’S TACOS, (print it!)

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs pork sirloin roast
  • 2 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 16 oz salsa – any kind you love to eat
  • 4 oz fire roasted, diced green chilies
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray.  Rub taco seasoning all over pork sirloin roast.  Place roast in the crockpot and top with salsa, green chilies, onion and bell pepper.  Stir to cover pork loin and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high 4-6 hours.

2.  Shred pork into the sauce and season to taste with sea salt and black pepper.

3.  Serve on heat tortillas with all your favorite toppings (count points+ for tortillas and toppers).

Makes 24 servings, 1/3 cup each, 2 points+ per serving (100% Simply Filling)

Stats for meat only ~ count points+ for tortillas and toppings

Nutritional information per serving calculated at caloriecount.com

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STEP – BY – STEP:

I make up a huge batch of Homemade Taco Seasoning every year that I store in a Mason Jar then use it for recipes as needed throughout the year.  You probably have everything on hand to make it and it is so much better than any package mix you will ever buy (sans the sodium too!)

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The key is using a salsa you would eat with tortilla chips because it will make your Carnitas extra delicious.  I used Trader Joe’s Chipotle Salsa ~ it’s really not HOT like it claims, but, it does have a nice smoky flavor.

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After spraying your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray, rub the pork sirloin roast with the taco seasoning.

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Add salsa and green chilies.

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Then, the onion and bell pepper. Stir to combine and cook slow and low all day for 8-10 hours.

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When you walk in the door, shred the pork loin into the sauce it cooked in all day long.  It is where all the flavor is at ~ season to taste with sea salt and black pepper, then, let the flavors meld while you prep all your taco fixin’s.

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I “fried” up Mission Extra Thin Yellow Tortilla shells in nonstick spray cooking them for one minute, then, flipping, topping with a slice of Sargento 2% Colby and cooking for 30 seconds more.

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Pile on a big 1/3 cup mound of Pork Carnitas!

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Plus a little bit of homemade salsa that I made for our appetizer.

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Finish with a little cabbage and mixed greens for color and crunch.  Lean over your plate, dive in and let the juices drip down your hand.  Each taco is (SF + 1 WPA for the tortilla) – 5 points+

If you make one taco this year, make these Carnitas ~ I guarantee your family will love you for it!

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STATS (12 am – 9 pm)

  • 2,683 calories burned
  • 10,422 steps taken
  • 6 WPA used, 30 WPA remaining (21 daily points+)

Q’S

How do you top your tacos?  I am usually all about guacamole, but, I definitely NEED salsa with crisp lettuce and corn tortillas (crunchy or soft) every single time.

Night all!

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Desiree August 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Those carnitas look amazing! I might have to try them this week. I usually top my tacos with a little lettuce, red onion and shredded cheese.

Two questions for you –
1 – Where do you find the Sara Lee Honey Wheat sandwich thins? I can NOT find them anywhere!

2 – What type/brand of lunch meat do you use?

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DanicasDaily August 7, 2012 at 6:40 am

Hi Desiree,

I have found the Sara Lee Honey Wheat sandwich thins at my local grocery store (Raley’s) and Super Target.

I buy my lunch meat at the deli counter.

It might help to check the website to see if they sell the sandwich thins at a store near you?

Danica

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Melia August 7, 2012 at 5:07 am

You have inspired me to try Simply Filling. I have become burnt out on counting points so I thought this might help. My only problem is I still use the old points not points plus. Do you now how many WPA you would get using the old points?

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DanicasDaily August 7, 2012 at 6:32 am

Hi Melia,

35 – it is the same as your flex points.

Good luck- you will do great,

Danica

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Nancy August 7, 2012 at 6:31 am

I can’t find the sandwich thins either nor can i find the Newman’s Lime Vinaigrette?

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DanicasDaily August 7, 2012 at 6:42 am

Hi Nancy,

I find them both at my local grocery store- Raley’s, however, I do find the sandwich thins at Super Target too.

Danica

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Tamara August 7, 2012 at 7:27 am

That looks fantastic!! Yum, I’ll be trying it soon.

Your Simply Filling success is very inspiring. I need to give it a whirl!

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Donna K August 7, 2012 at 7:49 am

Ya know- sometimes there are just things in life that are so obvious that you simply never see them until one day it hits you. I believe Oprah calls it an “a ha” moment. Today my “a ha” moment is……….. cut up string cheese on a salad!! BRILLIANT DANICA! Simply Brilliant! Why in the world have I never thought of that myself? Love salad- love cheese on salad- love string cheese! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! This will be finding its way into my lunch bag this week!! :)

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Doneta August 7, 2012 at 7:50 am

You are amazing! I love your salads – what ranch dressing do you use and are your sunflower seeds raw or roasted?

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DanicasDaily August 7, 2012 at 8:47 am

Hi Doneta,

I buy a bag of dry roasted and salted sunflower seeds that I use from Trader Joe’s.

Danica

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K August 7, 2012 at 8:00 am

My mouth is watering!

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Erica August 7, 2012 at 8:26 am

Those carnitas look amazing! I have to add pork to my shopping list for sure! I will also be on the look out for Mission extra thin tortillas!!! Thanks! Tuesday is a happy day for me because I visit my farmer’s market today! I can’t wait to see all the offerings!!!

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Desiree August 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I checked two different Raley’ stores, Target and my loca(Chico) Walmart today and none of them had the Honey Wheat Flavor :|
They did have the Sara Lee brand but not that particular flavor.

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DanicasDaily August 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Hi Desiree,

I recently thought of you when I decided to try the Oroweat Honey Wheat Thin Buns. I think they are just as awesome if not better than the Sara Lee. Maybe you can find that flavor up by you?

Just a thought – good luck,

Danica

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