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Weight Watchers Crock Pot Carnitas


Weight Watchers Crock Pot Carnitas Recipe

Mexican Carnitas is a delicious pork dinner. Tender and tasty, it’s filled with spices and cooked in a slow cooker until it falls apart.

A healthy, low calorie, low carb dinner option with only 223 calories. Weight Watchers friendly with 6 WW Freestyle Points and 6 Smart Points.

This recipe makes 10 servings, so you have have it for dinner multiple nights, or have it for lunch the next day!

You don’t have to spend much time making it. Just throw it in the slow cooker, and you’re done!

Who doesn’t love a super easy meal?

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Weight Watchers Crock Pot Carnitas on a cutting board

Tips and Tricks

Preparing the Pork

Trim any excess fat from the pork shoulder before applying the spice rub. This ensures the dish isn’t too greasy and helps the spices penetrate the meat better.

Applying the Spice Rub

Make sure to thoroughly rub the spice mixture all over the pork, getting into any nooks and crannies. This ensures the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the meat.

Using the Crock Pot

When adding the chicken broth, pour it around the sides of the Crock Pot to avoid washing off the spice rub from the top of the pork. This keeps the seasoning intact and ensures a flavorful crust.

Cooking Time

Cooking the pork on low for 10 hours allows the meat to become incredibly tender and flavorful. If you need to speed up the process, you can cook on high for about 5-6 hours, but the low and slow method yields the best results.

Flipping the Pork

Flipping the pork halfway through cooking helps it cook evenly and allows the flavors to meld better. Use tongs to carefully turn the meat without disturbing the spice rub too much.

Shredding the Pork

Once the pork is done, remove it from the Crock Pot and let it rest for a few minutes before shredding. This helps retain the juices and makes shredding easier. Use two forks to pull the meat apart into bite-sized pieces.

Enhancing Flavor

After shredding, you can return the pork to the Crock Pot to soak up more of the flavorful juices before serving. This ensures every bite is moist and delicious.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the shredded pork with warm tortillas, on top of rice, or as a filling for sandwiches. It also pairs well with a side of coleslaw or roasted vegetables.

Storing Leftovers

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave, adding a bit of the cooking juices if needed to keep the meat moist.

Freezing

This shredded pork freezes well. Allow it to cool completely before transferring to freezer-safe containers. It can be frozen for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.


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  • Don’t have a Slow Cooker? This is the one we use, and recommend:

Crock-Pot Large 8 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker with Auto Warm Setting and Cookbook


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Carnitas on a cutting board

Weight Watchers Crock Pot Carnitas

Nesting Lane
Weight Watchers Crock Pot Carnitas – Mexican Pulled Pork Recipe with garlic powder, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, and chicken broth. A low carb, low calorie dinner with 223 calories, 6 WW Freestyle Points and 6 Smart Points
4.75 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Put bay leaves on bottom of Crock Pot.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine cinnamon, cumin, garlic powder, coriander, and salt. Mix.
  • Rub pork with spice mix, and place in Crock Pot on top of bay leaves.
  • Add chicken broth to the Crock Pot, don't pour over pork, pour around it to not disturb the spice mix on top.
  • Put Crock Pot on low setting, cover and cook approx 10 hours or until the pork will shred with fork, flipping the pork halfway through,
  • Remove pork from Crock Pot and shred with a fork.

Notes

MyWW Points: 6 Blue Plan and 6 Green Plan
6 WW Freestyle Points and 6 Weight Watchers Smart Points

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 0.7gProtein: 22.2gFat: 13.8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 73.3mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.3g
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