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Cinnamon Chipotle Pork Carnitas

I love roasting meats because it makes life in the kitchen so much easier for me. All it takes is a nice piece of meat, whatever spices you have on hand and an oven. The best part is having this seasoned meat to work with for a myriad of dishes.

One of the things I shop for is pork butt or pork shoulder. It's my lucky day when I can snag these specific cuts for $.99 or less a pound. When I do (which is about every other week), I grab one to roast so I can have it to use for dishes like Mexican inspired dishes such as carnitas, tacos, enchiladas, burritos, etc. or even asian inspired dishes like stir fries, fried rice, or chop up and add to wonton soups. Interested in Italian inspired dishes? You could add roasted meats into lasagnas, pasta dishes, or with Italian seasoned roasted vegetables. The possibilities are endless and aside from pork, this applies to beef and poultry too! These days I know folks are more mindful of finances so hopefully you'll pick up some meat, season and roast it for whatever tickles your fancy.


The latest I've done was this pork shoulder which I seasoned heavily with a cinnamon chipotle rub from McCormick. The flavor of cinnamon goes nicely with the subtle kick of heat from the chipotle! After roasting, I chopped the roast up. For pork carnitas, I took some of the chopped pork and stir fried it in a bit of oil to crisp up even more. Once done, I filled some corn tacos and topped with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and some queso fresco.

13 comments

  1. Sounds great! I love the idea of using the cinnamon.

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  2. I love pork prepared this way! The cinnamon sounds so good in this.

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  3. Carnitas is my FAVORITE!!! I've never added cinnamon. It's like a secret 'mmmm what was that' kind of ingredient!

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  4. YYYYYYYYUUUUUUM! What a great idea. I'm totally trying this!

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  5. I have been trying to find that cut of meat so I can make pork carnitas. It looks so good and so easy!

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  6. I love the idea of cinnamon and chipotle together, how cool McCormick sells it as a rub! Looks amazing Joelen!

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  7. ..and the smell stays in the house for a couple days--that part I love.
    looks good! I bet the leftovers are even better?

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  8. yum. i'm going to try these carnitas soon, the flavor combo sounds so good!

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  9. Cinnamon chipotle?? I need to find this blend. I'm drooling over the thought of these carnitas.

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  10. Where do you buy your meat because I've never seen prices like that here! I also prefer butt or shoulder for pork recipes and the combo of cinnamon and chipotle is something I'd definitely like to try!

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  11. That hunk o' meat looks mouth-watering! I love making carnitas too but always cut mine into chunks beforehand to cut down on cooking time so it doesn't look nearly as pretty as yours. Yum!

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  12. This just sounds so flavorful and awesome! And you could totally feed an army with that piece of meat!

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  13. Thanks for another great recipe idea with the cinnamon chipotle dip. I bought it previously on your recommendation and made a great salmon dish. Now, I know my next recipe to try with it!

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