Sunday, March 11, 2012

Crock Pot Dr Pepper Carnitas

Here's an easy crock pot recipe that's pretty tasty on the day it's made...and then even better in subsequent days after the spices have had a chance to really marinate in the meat.  My family loves having these leftovers over tortilla chips with cheese ... they make amazing nachos!  ;)

Now that I'm back in the full-time workforce, I'm finding that I'm really getting into different ways of cooking with my crockpot.  Not only from a practicality standpoint, but also due to the quality of the meats when it's all said in done.  (Sooooo tender!)  I love putting a given recipe all together in the morning before I leave for work, and then coming home to a meal, one that's ready to go and has filled our house with the aroma of whatever's been cooking all day long. It's also an easy clean-up pot to clean, as opposed to multiple pots/pans and/or bowls such as when I create stove-top meals.

One thing I should mention, I've included a picture of the brand/type of spice packet I use in this recipe. I've found that I end up only needing and then using half the packet in a given recipe; I usually end up re-sealing the leftover spices with my Food Saver so that I can use it again for another meal later on.  However, this is subjective and if you feel like you want to use the entire package, that's totally at your discretion.  Regardless of how closely (or not) you follow this recipe, I hope you enjoy the finished product!  ;)

One 3-4 lb package of pork butt or shoulder roast
1 medium to large white onion, thickly sliced
1 14-oz package frozen pepper strips
1 package of carnitas spices
8 oz (1 can) Dr Pepper

medium-sized tortillas (flour)
shredded cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, Mexican blend, etc.)
shredded lettuce
fresh salsa
sour cream
lime wedges

Rub carnitas spices all over pork roast. If one side has more fat than the others, place that side up in crockpot. Place onions over meat, then pour Dr Pepper over all.

This is how it all looked at 7am, just before I added the sliced peppers and put the lid on.

Add pepper strips. Set crock pot on high and cook for a minimum of 6-8 hours.  Once meat is fork-tender, shred by pulling apart with a fork.  Serve over warmed tortillas with cheese, lettuce, salsa and/or sour cream; garnish with lime wedges, as desired.

This was the end result, after slow-cooking for 10 hours.
It was so tender, I could have separated the meat with my pinky fingers!



  1. psst, you should get a "pin it" button for your blog. it'd rock. . .
    I can't wait to try these

  2. That's a great idea! (I wonder why that never occurred to me...) Thank you for the suggestion! :)

  3. Pinning anyway, button or not. ;) Thanks, Germ!

  4. Looks absolutely delicious - thanks!

  5. The Crock Pot Dr Pepper Carnitas I want to try this one looks yummy and delicious!