Carb Free Carnitas

I know, I know, I’ve been cooking a lot of mexican food recently.

I did question whether I should even pop this one on the blog at all… but it’s so bloody good I couldn’t resist!
The best thing about this recipe is not actually (as the title suggests) its low carb credentials. It’s that this little number is ludicrously easy and perfect for anyone who works or studies.
You’ve got two choices:

Uno: Pop the ingredients into the slow cooker before you go to work and when you come home you’ll be greeted with the most amazing smelling kitchen and supper ready to go.

Dos: Throw the ingredients into the slow cooker before you go to sleep and wake up with your epic packed lunch all ready to take with you.

Both are equally delicious options.

Whenever you decide to make it, to serve two with leftovers you’ll need:

1k shoulder or leg of pork,

1 crushed clove of garlic,

1tbsp chipotle paste,

1tbsp smoked paprika,

1tbsp oregano,

1tbsp Tabasco,

300ml of cider (half a bottle of Magners)

Big pinch of salt

For the sides:

2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes,

Half an onion, chopped,

Big handful of fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped,

1 ripe avocado,

1 fresh lime.

Remove most of the fat from the top of your pork and chop it into quarters. Place it into your slow cooker with the rest of your ingredients. Close the lid and put it on “low”. Go to work/go to school/go to the beach.

10 hours later, you should be left with soft, beautifully cooked pork with very little sauce left over. Tear it up in the slowcooker using two forks and mix it about in the left over gravy. Chop up your tomatoes and mix them with the onions and coriander. Slice up an avocado and your lime.

Serve in bowls and tuck in, you’ve earned it!

We wolfed down ours with Nyetimber, an English “Champagne” which I can’t recommend enough.

Very light, fruity, and delicious with the rich spiciness of the food.

Possibly not appropriate if you’re taking yours to work though…

If you’re planning an al-desko lunch, pop your pork into a Tupperware box and take your salsa along in a jar, you could even squeeze your limes into it. Throw an avocado into the bag and off you go!

Left overs can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days.

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  • Janine Maral

    love the new blog layout Rosie!!

    – Janine

  • Looks delicious!
    and love the new layout!

  • Gaby

    New blog design! Woo very nautical! Isn’t it amazing what a little refurbish can do! It’s like a whole new life πŸ˜€ I made my blog design recently too! And I’m defo keeping this recipe for when I *finally* get myself a slow cooker.. I know I know.. xx πŸ˜€

    The Gift of Gaby

  • Josie P.

    I love Carnitas! always looking for a new recipe πŸ™‚
    Your new layout though. wow. what a change!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    I’m from southern California so I’m a biiiig fan of Mexican food! Love this post. I’ll try it out next week πŸ™‚

  • I love the new layout, so neat!
    And this looks yumyum as always x

    O.R.R’s BLOG

  • jacki @ Gobbled & Gulped

    Redesign is looking well spiffy miss! nice work πŸ™‚

  • kasia

    yet another amazing post recipe πŸ™‚ love your blog and you are absolutely amazing..

  • The Broke Boy

    This recipe looks amazing! will have to try it.

    p.s the new look website rocks! i love the little picture of Custard at the bottom and the way that the colours watch the anchor. Very nice indeed.

    • Rosie

      Thanks dude! Need to get a few things sorted but really loving it so far! x

  • Alice

    yum this looks like a mexican feast! by the way I’m loving the new look for the blog!

  • Anon

    interesting new blog style!

  • Sepideh

    This seems delicious!! Will definitely have to try it! I would even use the meat on a nice huge salad!

  • Hannah Cripps

    Oh no.. Everything’s a different format now.. Am I going crazy? Freaking out! Looks good!

  • looks sooo good =)

  • yum, looks amazing! One of my mexican fave go-to recipes is a simple chicken mole curry – shredded chicken, black beans, tomatoes & cocoa πŸ™‚

    Katie x

  • paulina

    love your new layout!

  • rah

    just wanted to say your new layout looks great, and also you can never ever have too much mexican food!

  • Magali Jeffries

    This looks delicious. Perhaps it will cure my hubby of his vegetarianism? (and if it doesn’t I’ll just have to eat it all myself!) If I can get my hands on a slow cooker I’ll be making this before my next set of nights and taking it into work to share.

    Petite Gingembre

  • Nelya Zlamanyuk

    My stomach growled at me for looking at this. Not again!

  • Lovin’ the new look and Disqus commenting! This recipe will be on this week’s dinner menu for the BF and I for sure!

    Haphazard Notions

  • Kim

    This looks delish! I’m loving the new blog design too… very niiiice! I’m having a love affair with mexican food too πŸ™‚ I did a spin on slow cooker puled pork last week… would love to know what you think!

    x Kim

  • Isabel

    Looks delicious and love the new look of the blog! Wish I had enough time to give mine a refurbishment!

    A Day in the Life

  • andrea hopfgartner

    The New Design Looks soooooooo Good!!!
    Love it!
    And the best of all, the Site always Works now :)))

    Lots of Love from Salzburg,

  • If only work lunches could include a bottle of bubby too… wonderful post. Slow cooked pork is what dreams are made of and this looks very dreamy! Great new layout Rosie. First stop swanky new design… next stop world domination (mwah haha)

  • Hemylle Karollyne

    It looks delicious! Wish I could cook too. I just can’t prepare anything. haha

  • Kat

    Rosie, I love the new design, but I don’t know if you’re aware that some of the photos in your old posts have gone slightly blurred since the change. It’s a shame because you take such good photos πŸ™‚ x


  • Any recipe with pork in it is fine with me! But is there another way to prepare this without the slow cooker?

    Plus I really love with the new design! It so whimsical, just makes me feel happy πŸ™‚

  • Piccola Vita

    These were great! I tried them last night and kept them for todays lunch! Pretty awesome. Thanks Rosie. I just posted a Fungi Bacon Tortellini recipe, maybe you’ll enjoy it too!

  • These look ah-mazing!

  • tacd

    What kind of cider did you use? I really want to try this dish!

  • Joe Guzzo III

    i like the touch of cuvee haha sounds delicious!