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Carnitas Flatbreads with Avocado Crema


  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

These┬áCarnitas Flatbreads with Avocado Crema are the ideal combination of flavors and textures. Spicy, meaty, cheesy, crunchy, creamy, and tangy – they have something for everyone. A simplified approach to slow-cooker carnitas makes these an easy weeknight meal (yes, really!) – these will become a staple!


Ingredients

Scale

For the Carnitas:

  • 1 1-lb piece of pork tenderloin, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (15-oz) jar salsa verde
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water

For the Avocado Crema:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Flatbreads:

  • 2 naan flatbreads
  • The carnitas
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar and/or jack cheese

Optional Garnishes:

  • The avocado crema
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Red onions
  • Scallions
  • Sliced cherry tomatoes
  • Hot sauce
  • Lime wedges
  • Cilantro

Instructions

For the Carnitas:

  1. Pat the pork pieces dry and place them in a slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle the salt and spices over the pork, turning them to evenly coat.
  3. Pour in salsa, cover the slow cooker, and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or until the pork is easily shredded with a fork.
  4. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. If your slow cooker has a simmer setting, turn it on to that (if not, transfer the liquid from cooking the pork to a small saucepan and set it over medium heat). Bring the liquid to a simmer and then stir in the cornstarch slurry. Cook for a few minutes until the mixture is thickened and glossy. Toss the pork in the thickened pan juices.

For the Avocado Crema:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and run the machine until the mixture is creamy and smooth – you may have to pause to scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple of times.
  2. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until you are ready to use.

For the Flatbreads:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400┬░F and line a large baking sheet with parchment or foil.
  2. Arrange the flatbreads on the baking sheet and then top each with roughly 1 cup of the carnitas and the grated cheese.
  3. Transfer the flatbreads to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the flatbreads are crisp around the edges and the cheese is melted and gooey.

To Serve:

You can garnish the flatbreads however you prefer. This is how we do ours: a few dollops of the avocado crema, shredded lettuce, chopped red onion and scallions, a few cherry tomatoes, and a healthy squeeze of lime juice. Season the toppings with a little salt and pepper, too. Make these yours and customize the toppings however you like!

  • Prep Time: 3 hours (inactive time)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: pork

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