I love Mexican food – I’ve often joked that I could live off of good chips & salsa if I had too – I’d like to throw in a side of guacamole with that, please! But one of my favorite Mexican meals is hands-down Carnitas! I looooove it! Are you familiar with it? Typically it is pork ribs that have been slow cooked to fall-apart perfection and then quickly fried to “crisp up” the outside just before serving. It is so, so good. I crave it often so I taught myself how to make an easy version of it at home! Haul out your crock pot, you’re gonna need it!
:: Ingredients ::
3 lbs. Country Style Pork Ribs (boneless or bone-in, your choice)
1 1/4 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup Pico de Gallo Fresh Salsa
2 packs Sazon by Goya
1 Tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
:: Step One ::
Lightly spray inside of crock pot with cooking spray. I always do this when using my crock pot – helps for easy cleanup in the end! Place pork ribs in pot, pour salsa on top of ribs. In a separate bowl combine chicken stock, seasoning packets, vinegar and garlic salt. Whisk to combine and pour over ribs and salsa. Cover pot and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours or until ribs are fork tender (or falling apart – yum!)
:: Step Two ::
To reduce some of the fat from restaurant style Carnitas, I broil my ribs rather than fry them. So, pre-heat your oven broiler (typically this is 500°). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place ribs on sheet. Spray lightly with cooking spray and broil for about 4-5 minutes or until ribs are beginning to crackle. Turn ribs over and cook for another 4 -5 minutes. I recommend you stand there and watch this since the broiler cooks very fast.
:: Step Three ::
Dig in! I like to server these with Mexican rice and seasoned black beans.
You may find this recipe too salty or not salty enough for you so play with it. Hopefully my ratios work for you but adjust as needed to suit your taste.
I hope you will make this for your next “fiesta night”!