I love the carnitas at Chipotle, much to my disappointment but my wallets happiness the closet one is about 45 minutes away so I don’t make the trek often I decided to make it home for a Sunday supper. This was SO good. And I ate lunch off it all week, taco salads, burritos, nachos, quesadillas you name it.
Adam has asked me to try re-creating the beef next.
Chipotle Pork Carnitas (From: Better in Bulk)
- 1 (5-6 lb) boneless pork shoulder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 medium tomatoes
- 4 -6 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 -4 sprigs fresh oregano
- 2 whole cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 2-3 tsp dried chipotle flakes or 1-2 dried chipotle peppers (depending on how hot you like it)
- ¾ cup water
- 1 tsp chicken or beef bouillon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
Heat pan with olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown pork on all sides. Let rest for 10-15 minutes.
Chop tomatos and oregano. Put pork in slow cooker and top with everything
Cook on low 6-9 hours. Remove leaves, cloves and peppers if you used whole. Shred pork, add back to juices.
For the longest time I said I didn’t like chipotle because I thought it was spicy… I’m a chicken My Mom finally talked me into trying the carnitas and yea I have been so in love ever since then! I love the rice, I could eat it by the bowl full everyday and be happy. I decided I wanted to make it at home it couldn’t be THAT hard.
This was SO simple, and SO delicious. Just like the real thing. We made this for a Sunday supper and then I ate off it the rest of the week. And that carnitas I was talking about check back Friday for that deliciousness.
Cilantro Lime Rice (Slightly Adapted From: Nikki in the Kitchen)
- 2 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock
- 1 Cup Jasmine Rice, Uncooked
- 1 Large Lime, Zested and Juiced (or 2 small)
- 2 Cloves Garlic – Crushed
- 2 TBS Butter, cut into small cubes
- 1 large handful of FRESH Cilantro (Must be fresh or frozen, no dried) chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook the rice with the chicken stock according to the directions on the bag. Here’s a tip for cooking rice – Don’t touch it while cooking! The best thing that you can do when making rice is bring your liquids to a boil, add your rice and stir for 1 minute, then put the lid on and lower your heat to low and leave it alone until its done. When your timer goes off, keep that lid on and remove from heat and let sit for about 5 minutes and you’ll have beautiful fluffy rice every time. If you take the lid off and stir it, or fuss with it, the rice tends to get all clumpy which is not what you want.
While the rice is cooking, combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and set aside. After you’ve let your rice sit for the 5 minutes, pour the bowl over the rice and mix well, serve along side some grilled chicken or in your favorite burritos!