Slow cooker pork carnitas
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
8 mins
You'll spend less time in the kitchen with this delicious and versatile pork carnitas recipe. The slow cooker makes the pork tender and juicy.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 to 8
Author: Michelle Barsness
  • 3 to 4 lb pork shoulder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • tortillas corn or flour
  • 1/2 to 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • fresh cilantro handful chopped
  • cheese shredded, your choice - cheddar, Mexican mix
  • sour cream for topping
  • avacado sliced, for topping or guacamole
  • limes sliced, juice for topping
  • hot sauce like Chulula sauce, for topping
To cook
  1. Rub the pork shoulder all over with the spices until you can't see the meat. Place 2 bay leaves into the bottom of the slow cooker. For the most flavor, sear your pork shoulder first on all sides before placing it into the slow cooker. Place the meat in with the slab of fat facing up. As it cooks the fat slowly moves through the meat enhancing the awesome flavor. Cook in the slow cooker for 8-10 hrs. If you’re using a dutch oven or even a roasting pan make sure it’s covered to retain the juiciness of the meat (tin-foil works just fine with a roasting pan).
To serve
  1. Pull out the portions you think you’ll use for dinner and dice it up. I found that the pork falls off the bone easily. Put the diced meat on a hot frying pan and cook it till it crisps up a bit. Put whatever you want into a tortilla with some fresh limes squeezed on it.