Carnitas are the perfect self-serve party food. Although the dish is normally cooked with milk and served in tortillas topped with sour cream and cheese, this paleo version substitutes with almond milk and lettuce wraps and is garnished with avocado slices, red onion and fresh cilantro. Best of all, a slow cooker allows you to set it up before work and come back to a ready-made dinner party. Guests will love this make-your-own dish.
Recipe courtesy of Turner Broadcasting System
Total:
8 hr 30 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
16 servings
Level:
Easy

Nutrition Info

Healthy
Total:
8 hr 30 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
16 servings
Level:
Easy

Nutrition Info

Healthy

Ingredients

Directions

Watch how to make this recipe.

Generously sprinkle the pork shoulder with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in large nonstick skillet set over high heat. Sear the meat on all sides until deeply browned, about 3 minutes per side. 

Transfer the pork to a slow cooker. Add the almond milk, broth, oregano, garlic, carrots, celery, bay leaves, lemon peel and onions. Set the slow cooker to low, then cover and cook until the meat can be easily pulled apart with a fork, 6 to 8 hours. 

Transfer the pork to a work surface and use two forks to shred the meat. Strain the cooking liquid and reserve. Transfer the pork to a serving platter, then ladle the cooking liquid over the meat and season with salt and pepper as needed. 

Place the avocado slices, lettuce leaves, half of the lime wedges, the cilantro sprigs and red onion slices on a platter. Squeeze the remaining lime wedge over the avocados to prevent discoloration. Have guests build their own carnitas lettuce wraps.

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