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Carnitas Recipe


Tammy Flack is our 2018 October Featured Chef and shares one of her favorite recipes for Carnitas. This flexible slow cooker dish originates from the Mexican state of Michoacán and is extremely tasty.

Recipe Author: Tammy Flack/Primal Wellness Pro

USWM Shopping List: Pork Shoulder Roast



PHOTO CREDIT: Carnitas by Tammy Flack/Primal Wellness Pro


2 Tbsp. chili powder

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 Tbsp. cumin

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. sea salt

1 US Wellness Meats Pork Shoulder Roast, cut into about 2 inch pieces

2 Tbsp. avocado oil or coconut oil

1 large onion, sliced

3 bay leaves

2 cinnamon sticks

2 cups orange juice


Directions For Carnitas:

Mix chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, oregano, and sea salt in a small bowl and then coat pieces of pork in mixture.  Place sliced onion in the bottom of your slow cooker.

In a cast iron skillet, heat oil and sear meat on all sides in batches, and place meat on top of onions in slow cooker.  Add bay leaves and cinnamon sticks.  Pour in orange juice.  Cook on low for 7-9 hours.  You can honestly stop here and serve these carnitas at this point, and they are incredibly delicious.  But if you want to go a step further, you can take these delicious morsels to an 11 by heating your oven to 400, removing the pork and onions with a slotted spoon to a foil lined sheet pan, and roasting for 10 or 15 minutes to get them a little crispy on the edges.

You can serve in lettuce wraps, cassava tortillas, or in bowls with lettuce, cabbage, pico de gallo, guacamole, and sautéed veggies of your choice.


tammy flackMeet The Chef:

Tammy Flack is a Primal Health Coach and paleo food blogger. Having been influenced from living in Alabama, Texas, and Puerto Rico, Tammy considers herself an AlaTexaRican. She is a passionate advocate for the primal lifestyle and eating healthy, whole foods. Find more of Tammy’s delicious recipes and learn more at