pork carnitas with cilantro tomatillo sauce

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this month, allrecipes partnered with mazola to create heart-healthy recipes that are a treat for the dinner table.  i can’t tell you how good this smelled when we rolled in from a long night at a track meet to this happiness bubbling happily in the slow cooker!

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my people love taco night.  and for that matter, they love anything that remotely resembles a mexican dish – so i knew it was an automatic score for me to have carnitas on the menu this week.

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my sweet lil’ nephew is with us for the week, and i’m using every shortcut to maximize playtime and find recipes he will enjoy as much as we do.  for my version of the allrecipes creation, i used the slow cooker.


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pork carnitas with cilantro tomatillo sauce


  • 2 pound pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • For Salsa:
  • 4 tomatillos, husks removed
  • 1 large ripe tomato
  • 1/4 sweet onion
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, plus additional for garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, plus additional for garnish
  • tortillas of choice


  1. Rub pork shoulder with oil and brown in a large skillet on all sides.
  2. Place in large slow cooker set on low.
  3. Drop chopped onion around pork.
  4. Blend spices and rub all over pork shoulder.
  5. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 hours.
  6. For salsa:
  7. Combine tomatillos, tomato, sweet onion, lime juice, sea salt, and 1/4 cup cilantro in the large bowl of a food processor.
  8. Pulse for 30-45 seconds, or until ingredients are combined.
  9. To serve:
  10. Shred cooked pork.
  11. Top a tortilla with the pork, then salsa to taste.
  12. Garnish with additional chopped cilantro and a drizzle of lime juice, if desired.

although i always tweak recipes (there’s gotta be another word for it!), you can find the perfectly printable original version at allrecipes here.  the original version is made on the stovetop and is chunks of mouth-watering pork – try it and let me know what you think!


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we are setting a goal to be more creative in our use of grain-free ingredients, so i suggest a grain-free tortilla recipe.  in a pinch, we used gluten-free corn tortillas (i was in a hurry!) and they have the more traditional texture.  if you don’t have a recipe and you’re feeling adventurous, give this one a try, or maybe this one, or this one here!

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I am an allrecipes Allstar brand ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com.  Products received from the advertiser are only used for experience-based reviews.  The reviews, content, and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of myself.  To learn more about the Allrecipes Allstar program visit Allrecipes Allstars.

The following is from Mazola:

“Check out more Mazola® recipes here

 Your can read more about Mazola® and their Heart Healthy Corn oil at Mazola.com.

 To achieve cholesterol reduction, one serving of Mazola® cooking oil must be part of a healthy diet and replace a similar amount of butter or other higher saturated fat oil. Very limited and preliminary scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1 tbsp (16 grams) of corn oil daily may reduce the risk of heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in corn oil. FDA concludes there is little scientific data supporting the claim. To achieve this possible benefit, corn oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day.

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