One-Pot Wonders

Slow Cooked Pork Carnita Tacos with Corn and Avocado Salsa

September 24, 2009
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  • Serves 8-10 people
Author Notes

I live in the Southwest where tacos are king. I love this recipe because you can buy a cheap cut of pork, dark chicken or even beef (anything on sale) But, pork butt really works best. You throw everything in a slow cooker, set it and forget it. If you have a little more time on your hands, sear the meat for better flavor and a nice caramelized color. I've made carnitas with orange juice, but the idea of evaporated milk and cola really inspires my taste buds. These are moist and flavorful and are wonderful to come home to after a long day at work or taking care of the kids. This method is a weeknight must for any busy person running around trying to be a fabulous (put your daily passion in here). Making this for friends and family is great too because it is familiar enough to even make the kids happy, but sophisticated enough to make the adults giddy too! Oh, and don't forget to top the tacos with queso fresco and serve with either warmed corn or flour tortillas! —jonewman

What You'll Need
  • Slow Cooked Carnitas
  • 4 pounds pork butt
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can cola soda
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange (rind and juice)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons chicken base
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Corn and Avocado Salsa
  • 1 packet frozen corn or 4 ears of fresh corn off the cob
  • 1 jalapeño small dice with seeds and membrane discarded
  • 1/2 red onion small dice
  • 8 radishes cut in half and then sliced in half moons
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • juice of two fresh limes
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 avocado, chopped
  1. Slow Cooked Carnitas
  2. In a separate bowl mix evaporated milk, cola, nutmeg, cumin, oregano, chili flakes, chicken base, orange zest and juice from 1 orange, crushed garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. In a large saute pan pour about 1 tbsp of neutral oil and sear the salt and peppered Pork Butt for 8-10 minutes (or until all sides are nicely browned. Put Pork Butt in the Slow Cooker. Add cinnamon sticks and bay leaves. Pour marinade over the pork butt and put lid on slow cooker. Put slow cooker onto the lowest setting and let it cook for 8-10 hours.
  4. When cooking is done, take out of slow cooker and shred with a fork and put a little bit of the cooking liquid on the shredded pork to stay moist. Serve immediately as a taco or burrito with either corn or flour tortillas. Top with salsa and queso fresca
  5. To serve, warm up either corn or flour tortillas. Put a couple of spoonfuls of pulled pork in the tortilla and top with the Corn and Avocado Salsa and some Queso Fresco (or any cheese of your choosing).
  1. Corn and Avocado Salsa
  2. In a small bowl mix the juice of two limes, vinegar, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper…set aside.
  3. Put your diced jalapeño and red onion in a medium bowl. Add the sliced radishes and corn. Sprinkle in the chopped cilantro and lightly toss. Add the vinegar, lime, spice mixture to the medium bowl and mix. Take a small taste and readjust seasoning. Right before serving, stir in chopped avocado.
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7 Reviews

Megan T. February 26, 2015
I was a little hesitant at first about this recipe due to the condensed milk, but this turned out wonderfully! We didn't have chicken base (is this supposed to be stock?), but left it out since there was so much liquid between the coke and milk. Can't wait to see how this tastes after resting a day in the fridge!
lapadia March 5, 2013
Great feast idea, love the recipe!
JulieBoulangerie October 1, 2010
I know this was posted a long time ago, but: you mention condensed milk in the narrative, but evaporated milk in the ingredients list. I usually think of condensed milk as the sweetened stuff, and evaporated milk as slightly different. Which one do you mean?
jonewman November 30, 2012
Evaporated Milk...Sorry for the confusion.
Peapod August 25, 2010
This was wonderful!! Couldn't stop eating!
mt97 November 11, 2009
Just finished dinner with my best buds and I cooked this dish. What wonderful flavors! The meat was tender and absolutely fell apart at the slightest touch. My house smelled like some kind of roasted porcine Christmas with all the oranges, cinnamon and nutmeg. The dish killed! My friends went back for thirds. The only think I'd change is the description - there's too much liquid for this dish to be truly called carnitas, it's more like Mexican pulled pork and it was great.
Loves F. October 27, 2009
I love carnitas, looks amazing!