Copycat Carnitas bowl

So this post will, sadly, be picture-less.  I am currently without a phone (which is my only camera) since it decided to jump out of my back pocket and into water during a concert.  A new phone is on the way so pictures will return soon, just not of this meal.

At a certain fast food Mexican chain, I always order a fajita bowl with carnitas–it is just divine.  So last night I decided to try to make it myself and I must say it turned out pretty well.  Here is my recipe for carnitas and the lime/cilantro rice.  I top it with sauteed peppers, salsa, guacamole and sour cream.



  • 2 1/2 to 3 pound bone in pork shoulder
  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 onion, coarsely diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin


  1. Rinse and dry the pork and liberally season with salt and pepper
  2. Mix together the olive oil, cumin and oregano and rub mixture all over the pork.  Place pork in slow cooker.
  3. add the garlic, onion and jalapeno.  Then squeeze the orange over it and throw the halves in too.
  4. Cook on low heat for about 6-7 hours or high heat for 4
  5. When cooked, shred the meat with a fork and saute in a pan with some vegetable oil to give it crispy edges.

Cilantro-Lime Rice

  • Jasmine rice
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chopped cilantro (or more–do this to taste.)


  1. Cook the rice according to package directions
  2. Mix in the vegetable oil and squeeze the lime in.  Finally stir in the cilantro.  It’s that easy!




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Categories: Meat, Recipes


A former English teacher living in Stuttgart, Germany who finds some sanity and peace through cooking.


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