recipes with rachel carnitas

The way that these carnitas came about was kind of a fluke. I had put the roast in the crockpot thinking I’d serve it over mashed potatoes, but once it was done and shredded it had more of citrusy flavor rather than a homey flavor if you get my drift. So with a citrus flavor, I think the pulled pork DESERVED to become carnitas! The point here is that sometimes recipes don’t pan out the way we thought they would so you adjust– and that’s okay.

I updated the below recipe so exclude some ingredients I used when it was originally going to be paired with mashed potatoes.


Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 8 hours (including crockpot time) | Cook time: 8 hours and 10 minutes


Pork rub

  • 1 lb pork shoulder
  • salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 3 tbs minced garlic
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp ground ginger

Pork marinade

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs mustard
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 beef broth
  • 2 tbs brown sugar

Other ingredients

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 of an orange, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 radish, diced
  • shredded lettuce
  • 8 tostada shells


  • Mix rub ingredients into one small bowl and dab it onto the pork shoulder making sure to coat the whole thing.
  • Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of the crockpot and set the pork with rub into the pot.
  • Mix the pork marinade in a cup and pour it over the pork. Put the lid on and set it on low for 7 hours.
  • Once the 7 hours are up, take the pork out and shred it using two forks.
  • In a skillet, add 1 tbs of oil and then add the shredded pork to the skillet.
  • Once it starts to sizzle, add in taco seasoning, water, orange juice, lime juice, cumin and garlic. Stir, stir, stir!
  • Let this cook until the ends get a little dark and crispy.
  • Set the tostadas out, spread sour cream over each tostada, add pork, sprinkle with cheese, radish and lettuce.
  • ENJOY!
recipes with rachel carnitas

XO, Rachel

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