Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

the gingered whisk

“Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas are an easy meal that the whole family will love. Cooked low and slow in the slow cooker with delicious spices, this Mexican pulled pork is both fall apart tender and crispy! An awesome flavor the whole family will love.

- The Gingered Whisk

pork shoulder

Key Ingredient

– 5 pounds pork shoulder (pork butt) – 2 teaspoons cumin – 2 teaspoons dried oregano – 2 teaspoons salt – ½ teaspoon black pepper – 1 teaspoon smoked paprika – 4 cloves garlic, minced – 1-4 ounce can diced green chilis (or jalapenos for heat) – 2 medium white onions, sliced – Juice from 2 oranges – Juice from 2 limes


Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe


8 Servings

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Total Time

10 Hours 40 Minutes

1. Mix cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper, together in a small bowl.


2. Rub over all sides of the pork.


3. Place the pork in the slow cooker, fat side up.


4. Spread the minced garlic, green chilis, and onions over the top of the pork. Add the juice from the oranges and limes.


5. Cover and cook on low 10 hours or high 7 hours.


6. Remove the meat from the crock and shred with two forks.


7. Return the meat to the crock pot and let it simmer on low for 30 minutes. (If there seems to be a lot of juices, you can remove some of it first).


8. After simmering the meat, using tongs, transfer the meat to a large rimmed sheet pan. You may need more than one, don’t crowd it.


9. Place it under the broiler for 1-3 minutes. Watch it closely! You want some of the meat to brown up and become crispy, but not all of it.


10. Serve



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