Meg’s Cooking Corner

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Dinner and a Movie: Carnitas Sweet Pork

Check out Slow Cooking Thursday hosted by Diary of a Stay at-home Mom for more crock-pot recipes!

Napoleon Dynamite is one of those goofy movies that grows on you and you find yourself quoting often. With Craig's mexican heritage, we love the character Pedro. The school audience is told not to vote for Pedro because "who wants to eat chimichangas for lunch every day?" We do! So vote for Pedro and enjoy this fried pork for dinner soon. It is very easy to make in the crock pot. I also love it because the filling can be used in several dishes. Serve in soft tortillas, fry for chimichangas, or serve over shredded lettuce for a great tostada salad. It starts with Del Real Carnitas fried pork, which you can find in Costco's open refrigerated area by the fresh meats. I found it at my Costco by the tamales. I discovered this recipe off the food blog Satisfying My Sweet Tooth. If you can't find it at your Costco, come on over and we'll have a mexican feast and watch Napoleon play tetherball!

Carnitas Sweet Pork

1 pkg Del Real Carnitas fried pork (from Costco)
1-2 cans chicken broth
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup minced onion (can also use dried onion)
1 tsp cumin

Cook pork as per directions on package. Shred the cooked pork with two forks and put in crock pot. Add all other ingredients and simmer for at least 3-4 hours on low, stirring occasionally. Use 1 can chicken broth when making soft tacos or chimichangas, use 1 1/2 to 2 cans when making salad.

For soft tacos: put filling in tortillas. Serve with shredded cheese, guacamole, sour cream and salsa. Add any toppings you want.

For chimichangas: take tortilla and put 1/2 cup of filling in it. Fold the two sides over and roll, keeping it closed with a toothpick. Fry in about 1 inch of oil. Turn it when the bottom is brown to cook both sides until golden and crisp. Top with all the fixings you want: lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, olives, green onions, etc. Serve with spanish rice and black beans.

For salad: Layer the hot meat filling over lettuce and anything else (see toppings above) including rice and beans if prefer. Can buy tostada shells, cook as per directions on package, and layer everything in tostada!


Christine said...

Love this. I can't wait to make it. Thanks for bringing it to us!

Mom said...

Can't wait to try this. When I was there yesterday with the little boys, it was cooking and it smelled fantastic! Love ya

Sandra said...

Oh that looks delicious, I'm bookmarking this one too :)