Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe

Published on January 5, 2016 By Lauren

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    Oh. My. Goodness. This slow cooker pork carnitas recipe is AMAZING! Juicy, packed with flavor, and so easy to put together! So there are only 9 ingredients, and you throw it all in the slow cooker. Piece of cake, right?

    You can serve these either as a rice bowl or in tortillas. For these, corn tortillas work best. Fry them in some hot oil first to get the tortillas cooked and a little crunchy, but not to the point where they will break with you fold them.

    Oh, and one more thing – save leftovers. I don’t know why, but the next day, these taste even better! I just ate some for lunch. Dee-lish!!

    And if you like this one, you might be interested in 40 other slow cooker dump recipes that are AMAZING!

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    carnitas recipe

    Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

    Oh. My. Goodness. These slow cooker pork carnitas are AMAZING! Juicy, packed with flavor, and so easy to put together!
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    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 8 hours
    Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
    Servings: 8
    Author: Lauren Cobello


    • 3-4 lb pork roast shoulder, butt or loin
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp chili powder
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 5 cloves garlic minced or pressed
    • 1 onion diced
    • juice from one lime
    • 1/2 cup orange juice or 2 Tbsp orange juice concentrate + 3/8 cup water


    • Place all ingredients in the slow cooker.
    • Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
    • Pull pork apart, removing any excess fat.
    • Serve either as a rice bowl or in tortillas, and top with cilantro and sour cream.

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    Have you grabbed my freezer meal plans, yet? I might be biased but I think they are pretty amazing! They have saved our dinner hour for years now. Check them out!

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    • If you cook faster it will dry it out. I would recommend you cook the way it is listed or use an Instant Pot if you want to get it done faster.

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