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!

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!

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

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!

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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 taco seasoning gives it an awesome flavor and really brings out the natural flavor from the juices as it cooks. These Slow Cooker Carnitas are super easy to make and taste great in tacos, nachos, enchiladas or burritos! So tender and full of flavor!

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

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

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 to 10 hours

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)

Directions:

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.

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.

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!


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

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

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

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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  1. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking posted on February 2, 2017 at 5:25 am (#
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    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. Gustavo Woltmann posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:08 pm (#
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    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. Stephanie posted on February 6, 2017 at 1:07 pm (#
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    Mmmmm, I know what I want for dinner now!

  4. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on February 6, 2017 at 11:57 pm (#
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    We love carnitas! These look perfect for our Taco Tuesday!

  5. Sabrina posted on February 7, 2017 at 5:46 am (#
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    I love using the slow cooker! This recipe looks like it packs a ton of flavor! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Erin @ Texanerin Baking posted on February 7, 2017 at 6:11 am (#
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    I love that you didn’t use lard! Not a fan of that. And these look sooo good!

  7. Jessica | Novice Chef posted on February 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm (#
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    We LOVE Carnitas! Can’t wait to give this version a try! Pinning now!

  8. Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny posted on February 15, 2017 at 6:07 pm (#
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    I love breaking out my slow cooker this time of year, perfect excuse to give these a try!