There's a reason why slow cooker recipes are wildly popular. We want convenience, and we want—and need—it now. The slow cooker delivers just that, working hard for us while we're hard at work, welcoming us home to a fragrant dinner that's just waiting to be enjoyed. This simple appliance works miracles with tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, coaxing out incredible flavor and turning out meltingly tender results. Through its low, slow cooking, it melds and marries flavors; it brings ingredients together in delicious harmony. And it offers up a few surprises: appetizers, sides, and drinks that simmer to perfection—hands-free.
Carnitas are a labor of love, which is why you usually only see them at your favorite taqueria and not on weeknight dinner menus. Well, that’s about to change. We've taken everything you love about this Mexican dish—succulent pork with crispy bits here and there, a garlic citrus marinade—and transferred it to the slow cooker for ultimate ease and maximum flavor. We also added chipotle chiles for a smoky edge. Any fat will insulate the meat as it cooks; simply skim off and discard when it comes time to shred the meat. Fill charred corn tortillas and top with your favorite toppings.