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Slow Cooker Ranch Carnitas

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Cook Time 8 hr
  • Servings 8
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Ingredients (6)

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

Steps (5)

  1. 1
    In a small bowl, stir the Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Seasoning & Salad Dressing Mix Shaker with the olive oil. Rub the mixture all over the surface of the meat.
  2. 2
    Place the pork in a slow cooker and top with the onion. Squeeze the orange juice over the meat and place the two spent halves into the pot. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  3. 3
    Once the meat is cooked and cool enough, pull apart with a fork.
  4. 4
    Serve with tortillas and desired toppings (cabbage, sour cream and avocado work well).
  5. 5
    For a more traditional preparation, heat a large sauté pan coated with olive oil over high heat. Press the carnitas into the pan and cook until crusty on one side before serving.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone had seconds I served this with fresh pico de gallo, guacamole, shredded cheese and sour cream on a flour tortilla. My husband said this was a keeper. It was easy and the hardest part was making the pico de gallo. It's on my rotation list.
Date published: 2020-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome This went over very well with my guests. With jalapeños, cilantro and avacado made great tacos.
Date published: 2020-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a crowd pleaser and very delicious! I’d definitely make it again for any family gathering!
Date published: 2020-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great meal!! Family loved it!!! Some of the best carnitas I have made, and the tips really made it next level!
Date published: 2019-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste! Really great recipe. Makes a really tasty dish. Great taste!
Date published: 2019-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Easy! This is such a simple recipe for our busy family to eat on the go!
Date published: 2019-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great recipe I made this last week for the family and they loved it they even asked me how i made it i told them it was simple and easy to make they couldn't believe what i added .
Date published: 2019-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Street tacos We made street tacos with all the fixings they were so yummy
Date published: 2019-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes cooking fun. This recipe brings together two of my favorites, Carnitas and Ranch flavor. The preparation is easy. This recipe with tortillas and your favorite ingredients makes a fun, enjoyable meal.
Date published: 2019-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yum yum yum Delicious!! I loved this recipe! Worth the time it takes to cook it
Date published: 2019-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HVR is perfect for Slow Cooking Please know that this recipe works well with beef and chicken also. The meats cook up tender, juicy and thoroughly seasoned. A HVR must try!
Date published: 2019-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Taco + Ranch = Heaven Soooooo good! Fresh twist on a Mexican treat. The ranch compliments the spices perfectly.
Date published: 2019-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tasting My family loves this. We make it on a regular basis
Date published: 2019-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Church Dinners This recipe is a go to for church dinners. Crock pot makes it easy to take and very little clean up. Great taste.
Date published: 2019-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good I’m cooking in my birthday and every things lovely this cook
Date published: 2019-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fooooood... Food bring us all together party or weddings it's always nice to 3at with friends and family
Date published: 2019-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great crockpot recipe Made this 4th of July in crockpot and everybody loved it. Will definitely make again.
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bike acioss Kansas We served this for a fund raiser to the Bike Across Kansas group and it was a crowd pleaser.
Date published: 2019-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice change I made this last night and it was so good. I had the leftovers for lunch and they were even better.
Date published: 2019-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious Absolutely delicious. This is our new favorite recipe for a family gathering.
Date published: 2019-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy! These are so delicious and so easy to make, I used an additional tablespoon + of the dressing mix. So flavorful, I use leftovers to make nachos and just add shredded Mexican cheese on top & pop in the oven for about 10-+5 minutes.
Date published: 2019-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh so delicious I tryed this recipe about a week ago and it was oh so easy to prepare and delicious
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cinco de Mayo Perfection! We made these to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and they were absolutely delicious! Will definitely be making again!
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good base Good base recipe but needs a little heat either with some pico or peppers. Also 5 minutes under broiler is a must after shredded.
Date published: 2019-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good and easy but.. It is very easy to prepare but if you want anything close to carnitas, you have to put it on a baking sheet and bake for a good 15 min them broil for at least 5 to 10. Also. I like it spicier to I added a can of green chilies and some Tabasco before baking
Date published: 2019-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tasty Excellent quality recipe that taste great and anyone can make
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious Great new way to cook pork shoulder. Ranch adds an interesting kick to the carnitas.
Date published: 2019-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from delicious So very delicious and flavorful. Everyone loved them
Date published: 2019-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious I made the Ranch carnitas it was so delicious and flavorful I also added a little hot sauceto it and it's great on a bun with the Ranch coleslaw yummy
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tender and flavorful meat I made this with a huge pork roast so I adjusted the amounts of ingredients. It was so good and flavorful! The meat just fell apart, I barely had to separate it. It was quite a lot, so we froze it and ate it later as sandwiches. I would most likely make this again.
Date published: 2018-08-09
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