7/30/15 Crock Pot Carnitas
Today I made Carnitas in the crock pot. I had a great 1.5 pound chuck roast from our local butcher and it was a really good cut of meat. I defrosted it all night, and put it into my retro 70’s small crock pot first thing in the morning. I made our coffee, some breakfast. The crock pot was on high for about 3-4 hours then I drained all the water out that was in there from the meat. I then seasoned it and let it cook more.
At about 1pm I shredded the meat and finished off the seasonings of it. I use two different kinds of chili seasonings. I added some of my mild one and ended up finishing my whole bottle of it, using about 4 ounces of the spice into the meat, I didn’t realized how good the cut was until I shredded it. Literally their was a 1 inch paper thin piece of fat in the whole crock pot, the rest was awesome chuck roast. Normally when I get a chuck roast, there is a huge chunk of fat leftover after shredding it, and no one wants to eat that.
Yesterday and today we treated ourselves to our neighborhood, actually our neighbors, Mexican cafe, purchasing our favorite authentic handmade chorizo breakfast burritos that my husband has ever had. For a 42 year old Mexican that is something to say. And his mom taught him how to make chorizo and this is still the best place he’s tried it from. When you get a something from the cafe, you can use their salsa bar, so both days I filled up on my favorite; salsa verda. I saved most of it and used it for the carnitas tonight.
I also got some corn tortillas and some lime and an avocado from our local Mexican store. I thought that it was worth it to spend a little cash to have the meal be complete, the tortillas were only 3.50 and limes were like .50 cents and the avocado only 1 dollar. I didn’t have much money and I have to save the rest of my limited funds for some laundry in the morning.
Here are some pictures of carnitas and the plates and condiments.