I like double duty meals. Make one protein and get two meals from it. One of my favorite double duty meats is a boneless pork butt that is slow cooked, shredded and then used in bbq pork sandwiches and later as pork carnitas. This carnitas recipe is so easy it hardly counts as a recipe but it sure is good. Besides the spicy good taste of the pork, I love the way one side gets fried all crispy and brown before serving. So get your slow cooker out and let it do the work but you must certainly take all the credit for 2 great meals this week.



  • 2 - 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Anaheim chili (mild) or 1 jalapeno chili (hot), ribs and seeds removed, diced
  • 1 lemon
  • whole grain tortillas of your choice
  • diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese (optional toppings)


  1. Mix 1 tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and coriander together and rub evenly all over the pork.
  2. Place in a slow cooker and add the onion, garlic and chili pepper.
  3. Squeeze the lemon juice over the top.
  4. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4 hours. Adjust cooking time according of your slow cooker if necessary.
  5. Once the meat is tender enough to shred with a fork, remove from the cooker and cool 10-15 minutes.
  6. Pull apart with a fork.
  7. When ready to serve the carnitas heat the remaining oil on high in a large skillet. Once the oil is very hot place about 2 cups of the shredded meat into the pan. Press down with a spatula or a sandwich/grill press (a brick wrapped in foil works too) and sear one side of the meat until it is a crispy golden brown.
  8. Serve on tortillas with your favorite toppings.

Nutritional Info:

2 cups of pork makes approximately 8 carnitas served in a tortilla.

Serving size 1 carnita.

Nutrients per serving (pork only):  Calories: 170, Cal. from Fat: 72, Total Fat: 8g, Sat. Fat: .5g, Carbs: 4g, Fiber: 1g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 19g, Sodium: 280mg, Chol: 51mg


With the remaining pork add some Homemade BBQ Sauce and serve over whole grain buns. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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  1. Kathryn says:

    I’ve been looking at your website for the past week or so getting some great dinner recipes! I have a question, though: what are “clean” tortillas? I used to by El Milagro corn tortillas, and I think the ingredients were just corn, water, and one other thing (sorry, can’t remember what it was right now). Are these clean? Thanks so much!

    • Kristy says:

      Hi Kathryn, I couldn’t find the ingredient information for El Milagro so I can’t say whether the ingredients are clean or not. The one thing I would say is that we are totally against genetically modified foods and since corn is at the top of the list for GM foods I would try to stick to organic. I know that Ezekial (Food for LIfe) makes a clean tortilla. My favorite is Alvarado Street Bakery organic sprouted wheat tortillas. They can be found at Whole Foods and many other larger stores. Hope this helps. Kristy

  2. vanessa says:

    I have made these twice now and my family loves them! I even cut out the salt, throw in fresh peppers from my garden, and squeeze them with lime! I make my kids into quesadillas too! My husband does not usually eat much pork and he was surprised how much he liked it! It is definitely a keeper in my book and I love that I can use it two nights in different ways!

    • Kristy says:

      That’s great Vanessa, so glad your family is enjoying the carnitas. Mmm, peppers straight from the garden, how perfect. Thanks for your feedback. It’s much appreciated. Kristy

  3. Kristina says:

    made these tonight… WHAT A WINNER!!!! These are delicious… although I did swap a lemon for lime since its what I had in the fridge. SOOOO GOOOD! I made my own tortillas from scratch.. it was a no no because i did use all purpose flour but I am on the hunt for a homemade clean tortilla. Being overseas its hard to come by some of these products.

    • Kristy says:

      Kristina, so glad you liked the carnitas. Finding a good whole grain tortilla is not easy, even here in the states. I have had homemade whole grain tortillas on my “to do” list for some time. I’ll see what I can do about getting on it and putting a recipe out. Kristy

  4. vanessa says:

    This has become a staple in my list of things to cook! I just found a spicy chicken mexican soup that I am going to try to use the rest of my leftover carnita meat in! Do you have any other family friendly double duty meals?


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