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Crockpot carnitas served in flour tortillas with lime wedges, red onion, and cilantro for garnish

Crockpot Carnitas

April King
Our Crockpot Pork Carnitas recipe is flavored with Mexican spices and can be served in tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and nachos. This delicious shredded pork is so tender and juicy on the inside, while crispy and golden on the edges.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 252 kcal


  • 4 lbs. pork shoulder or butt
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • juice from 2 limes
  • juice from 2 large oranges


  • Trim and discard fat from pork. In a small bowl combine chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Generously apply dry rub to both sides of pork and place in in the slow cooker.
  • Add chopped onion, minced garlic, lime juice, and orange juice around pork.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  • Remove pork from the slow cooker and shred. Return the shredded meat to the crockpot for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve right from the crockpot or follow the next step and broil in the oven.
  • For truly authentic crispy pork carnitas, place oven broil temperature to HI and lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Spread pork evenly on prepared baking sheet and broil for 4-5 minutes or until the carnitas are crispy on the outside.
  • Serve inside warm tortillas for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, or on nachos.


Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.


Calories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 41.2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 742mgPotassium: 561mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 13.3IUVitamin C: 43.9mgCalcium: 4.7mgIron: 23mg
Keyword Carnitas, crockpot carnitas, Pork Carnitas, Slow cooker carnitas
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