Latin Food: Easy Crock Pot Carnitas with La Morena

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crock pot carnitas

Latin Food: Easy Crock Pot Carnitas with La Morena

Authentic home cooking got easier, (and tastier) when I discovered La Morena food products. My husband loves authentic tasting Mexican food. He grew up in East Los Angeles and mexican food was a part of his upbringing and a staple of his diet.  I grew up in Connecticut eating pizza and pasta, so I need a little help!

Here is southern California, we are surrounded by great Latin food and authentic Mexican food. We don’t go out to eat too often so I try and replicate a true taste of Mexico in my home cooking.

I love using a crock pot. Cooking food slowly is a flavorful, easy way to put good food on the table. Plus the aroma of the food cooking is wonderful. These Crock Pot Carnitas are spicy, and according to my husband, are two thumbs up!

You should have enough for leftovers tomorrow.

crock pot carnitas ingredients


3-4 pounds of boneless pork roast

2 large onions sliced thick

24 oz of hard apple cider or other gluten-free beer

2 cans of petite diced tomatoes

2 7 oz. cans of  La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce

1 15 oz. can of  La Morena Refried Beans

1 each green, yellow and orange pepper sliced thick

1 cup of fresh orange juice

1/4 cup of cilantro

the juice from 2 limes

3 teaspoons of cumin

1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

pork carnitas process


Place the pork in the crock pot.  Sprinkle with cumin, salt, garlic salt, and pepper.

Add fresh cilantro and onion slices to the pork.

Pour the hard cider and the orange juice over the pork and set crock pot to cook for 6 hours.

Remove the pork from the crock pot and shred using 2 forks.  The meat should pull apart very easily.  Dispose of remaining crock pot contents.

In a blender, combine the La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce with the diced tomatoes and lime juice.  Blend on high until mixture is smooth.

Place pork in large skillet and cover with pepper and tomato mixture.  Simmer on low until ready to serve.

In a separate pan, sauté the peppers and onion fajita style.

Heat the La Morena Refried Beans in the oven until warm.

Serve the pork, peppers, and refried beans with rice and enjoy!

They are also great served with a soft tortilla shell.

Don’t they look muy deliciosa? #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias


pork carnitas cooking


I found my La Morena products at Northgate Market, here in southern California, but they are not hard to find in your local grocery stores. Look for them in the aisle where beans are sold, or in the mexican food/latino section of your grocery store.

pork carnitas store photo



thanks for sharing this amazing recipe using authentic Latin products like La Morena. I will try this, I just need an slow cooker #client

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