Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas - an easy Mexican recipe
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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

These slow cooker pork carnitas are tender, juicy and full of flavor - ideal for serving in warm corn tortillas on taco night! 

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 173 kcal
Author Liz DellaCroce


  • 3 pound boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Nature's Intent Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • warmed corn tortillas optional to serve


  1. Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker and sprinkle with salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder and oregano. Top with orange juice, lime juice and apple cider vinegar. Cook on High for 4 Hours or Low for 8 Hours.

  2. When you're ready to serve the pork, carefully shred the pork using two forks. Turn your broiler on High and place the shredded pork on a large baking sheet. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until pork ends get nice and crispy. You can broil a bit more depending on how crispy you like your carnitas. Serve warm over rice or in corn tortillas. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 74
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.2g 13%
Saturated Fat 2.8g 14%
Monounsaturated Fat 5.4g
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 668mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 1.1g
Protein 22.4g 45%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.