Slow Cooker Carnitas

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These Slow Cooker Carnitas are super easy to make and taste great in tacos, nachos, enchiladas or burritos! So tender and full of flavor. The best Carnitas ever!

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Carnitas Recipe

These Carnitas are seriously the best ever. They aren’t made the typical way (with lard), but are a lot healthier and taste just as great! They are so easy to make and will take less than 5 minutes to throw together. Just set it and forget it. The secret to getting them like the classic Carnitas we all love is broiling them in the oven for a few minutes to get them crisp. Mmm! My whole family love this recipe!

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How to make Carnitas

For this recipe you’ll need: pork, apple or orange juice, 2 limes, onions. Old El Paso taco seasoning, oregano, salt and pepper. For a little kick you can add a jalepeno as well!

  1. Place the slow cooker on slow and pour in the juices. Combine the taco seasoning, oregano, salt, cumin and pepper in a small bowl. Then rub onto the roast. Place roast into the slow cooker and then top with the onion and jalapeno. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or high for 5 to 6 hours, or until meat falls apart.
  2. Remove meat from the slow cooker and onto a cutting board. Remove any excess fat and cut into smaller pieces. Remove any fat and the onions from the juices and then place meat back into the slow cooker. Stir the meat, so the juices are able to soak into the meat. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn on the broiler and set out a large baking sheet. Once oven has heated, place the meat onto the baking sheet and broil for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and add a Tablespoon or two of the juices to the meat. Toss with tongs and then places back into the oven for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until the meat has reached your desired crispiness. Enjoy carnitas while hot!

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The taco seasoning gives it an awesome flavor and really brings out the natural flavor from the juices as it cooks. Once it’s cooked all day long, you’ll know it’s ready when it shreds easily with two forks. It will literally just fall apart. carnitas

Then it’s time to broil it to get the extra crispiness. Don’t skip this step! It makes them so incredibly delicious and caramelizes the edges while keeping the middle nice and tender. Top with fresh cilantro and bam!
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Slow Cooker Carnitas

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carnitas recipe, slow cooker carnitas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 220 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

These Slow Cooker Carnitas are super easy to make and taste great in tacos, nachos, enchiladas or burritos! So tender and full of flavor. The best Carnitas ever!

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup apple or orange juice
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 4 to 5 lb boneless pork shoulder/pork butt excess fat trimmed
  • 1 Tablespoon Old El Paso taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 onion quartered
  • 1 jalepeno deseeded and chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the slow cooker on slow and pour in the juices. Combine the taco seasoning, oregano, salt, cumin and pepper in a small bowl. Then rub onto the roast. Place roast into the slow cooker and then top with the onion and jalepeno. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or high for 5 to 6 hours, or until meat falls apart.
  2. Remove meat from the slow cooker and onto a cutting board. Remove any excess fat and cut into smaller pieces. Remove any fat and the onions from the juices and then place meat back into the slow cooker. Stir the meat, so the juices are able to soak into the meat. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn on the broiler and set out a large baking sheet. Once oven has heated, place the meat onto the baking sheet and broil for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and add a Tablespoon or two of the juices to the meat. Toss with tongs and then places back into the oven for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until the meat has reached your desired crispiness. Enjoy while hot!
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Carnitas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 422mg 18%
Potassium 524mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Vitamin C 16.8%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 11.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy straight out of the bowl, in tacos, burritos, enchiladas or nachos! YUM!!

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These Slow Cooker Carnitas are super easy to make and taste great in tacos, nachos, enchiladas or burritos! So tender and full of flavor!

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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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8 comments on “Slow Cooker Carnitas”

  1. Mmmmm, that looks so good! I LOVE how meat get when you let it simmer for so long – we had a beef version yesterday! I’m going to remember the oven step, haven’t done that before.
    Have a great day!

  2. With all those deliciously looking slow cooker recipes that are everywhere to be seen lately, I can’t believe I still don’t have one! It’s definitely time for some shopping!

  3. Mmmmm, I know what I want for dinner now!

  4. We love carnitas! These look perfect for our Taco Tuesday!

  5. I love using the slow cooker! This recipe looks like it packs a ton of flavor! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love that you didn’t use lard! Not a fan of that. And these look sooo good!

  7. We LOVE Carnitas! Can’t wait to give this version a try! Pinning now!

  8. I love breaking out my slow cooker this time of year, perfect excuse to give these a try!

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