Two reasons why I love using my Slow Cooker in the summer: 1) It does not heat up the house and 2) I can stay out and play as long as I’d like and come home to a hot meal. One other thing I love in the summer, (well, really all year long) TACOS! Have you ever been to Mexico and tasted a street taco? If not, you are missing out!
I spent the weekend in Mexico for my Godson’s birthday party and we enjoyed many tacos and loads of fresh, tropical fruit. One would think a weekend full of tacos was enough for one person; however, I realized that I took out a pork loin to defrost and needed to cook it. Hmmm, what sounded good–Carnitas! Carnitas are pork tacos, similar to pulled pork but with spices not vinegar. I hope you decide to try these out for a quick meal one summer evening.Carnitas Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 pork loin roast S&P to season meat 1/4 tsp chili powder 1/4 cup olive oil 1 orange, zested + juiced 1 lime, zested + juiced 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 Tbsp dried oregano For serving: Corn tortillas Chopped cilantro & onion Directions: Heat a skillet to medium high heat. Season pork with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Sear meat on all sides. Place in Slow Cooker. Add in remaining ingredients and turn Slow Cooker on (high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours). To serve, heat tortillas on a skillet or griddle with a spray of oil. I served mine with Gazpacho, because I have loads of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs ready to use. Other great sides would be sautéed carrots or tossed salad or steamed green beans. Enjoy!
Just Wendy Jo