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.
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.
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.
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.