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Tacos on a wood board and white table with carnitas and toppings.

Slow Cooker Carnitas

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This slow cooker carnitas recipe is super easy to prepare and yields wildly delicious, succulent results everytime. Serve the carnitas warm as a filling for tacos, burritos or in bowls for an easy weeknight dinner win!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword Carnitas, Crockpot, Pork, Slow Cooker
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Broiling Time 15 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 25 mins
Servings 6
Calories 209


  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 pounds pork loin roast or pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice

Optional Toppings


  • In a small bowl, stir together the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and salt.
  • Rub the spice mixture on all sides of the pork. Place the pork in a 6-quart slow cooker, then pour in the lime and orange juice, turning the pork to coat.
  • Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours, or low for 8-9 hours, or until the pork shreds very easily with a fork.
  • Remove the pork from the slow cooker. Shred with two forks, then add back to the slow cooker, stirring to combine with any remaining juices.
  • Place the shredded pork on a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet. Broil on high for 10-15 minutes, stirring once, or until the edges of the pork begin to crisp and brown. Keep a close eye to avoid burning.
  • Serve warm as a filling for tacos, burritos or in bowls.


The sodium content will be lower if you discard the cooking liquid.
All slow cookers are different, so you may need to adjust the time up or down depending on your particular model.
Use pork loin roast if you prefer a leaner option, or pork shoulder for a more traditional version.
Nutrition information calculated using pork loin roast and without any additional toppings.
For more ingredients and modifications, see blog post above.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 978mg | Potassium: 611mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg