Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas – succulent, tender and flavorful pulled pork with minimal work. Wrap these carnitas up in warm flour tortillas for delicious tacos, perfect for an easy family meal or a casual dinner party.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

A Slow Cooker Version of Traditional Carnitas

Carnitas translates to “little meats” and is a popular dish in Mexican cuisine. Traditionally, they are made by slow simmering large chunks of well-seasoned pork in lard in a copper pot.

My version is made in the slow cooker with minimal prep. And, there is no lard, oil or any other added fat. You just add the ingredients to the slow cooker and leave the pork to do its thing and simmer away for hours. It’s so simple and your house will smell amazing.


Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

The result is tender, juicy, succulent pork that you shred with two forks. Serve the shredded meat on warm tortillas with your choice of toppings.

I like to add slices of creamy avocado. A dollop of sour cream and slices of red onion give a little crunch and tanginess. Fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime adds brightness.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

This recipe makes a lot, 8-12 servings depending on the size of your roast. So, this is a great dish for a potluck or a casual dinner party. Set up a taco station and let guests serve themselves.

Set out the shredded pork, kept warm in the slow cooker. Include warm tortillas and various toppings such as sour cream, slices of red onion and avocados, fresh cilantro leaves and slices of lime. And, guests can assemble their own tacos to their liking. Perfect for simple, easy entertaining.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 7 hours

Total Time: 7 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 8 - 12 servings

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas - succulent, tender and flavorful pulled pork with minimal work. Wrap these carnitas up in warm flour tortillas for delicious tacos, perfect for an easy family meal or a casual dinner party.

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 – 4 lb) boneless pork butt roast
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (see Notes)
  • 2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup salsa verde, or other mild salsa
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 16 – 24 (6-inch) fajita size flour tortillas, warmed
  • optional toppings: fresh cilantro leaves, sliced avocado, sliced red onion, light sour cream
  • optional: lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Place pork butt in 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Add garlic, green onion, cilantro, salsa, green chilies, salt and pepper to slow cooker.
  3. Pour chicken broth over mixture in slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 7-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  5. Remove roast from slow cooker onto a cutting board. Shred meat with 2 forks. Return meat to slow cooker and stir to combine with sauce.
  6. Serve shredded pork on warm tortillas with slices of avocado, red onion, fresh cilantro and sour cream, if desired. Squeeze fresh lime over tacos, if desired.

Notes

If anyone in your party is not a cilantro fan, omit if from the slow cooker and serve only as a topping instead.

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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas - succulent, tender and flavorful pork with minimal work. Wrap these carnitas up in warm flour tortillas for delicious tacos, perfect for an easy family meal or a casual dinner party.

29 comments

  1. Nicole Neverman says:

    Thank you so much for attending week 11 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post. These pork carnitas look delicious 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our party next week Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight. Your post has been added to the #PureBlogLove Pinterest board for all to see 🙂 Have a great day!
    Nicole
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    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Karina, yes, you can cook this on high heat for about 4-5 hours. You’ll know the meat is done when you can easily shred it using two forks. Hope you give it a try and enjoy!

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