Best Slow Cooker Carnitas

I looooove me some Carnitas, and today we’re making it in the crockpot! This easy carnitas recipe is big on flavor and low of effort. Slow cooker carnitas is a fabulous base recipe for tacos, salads, enchiladas…  I could go on forever.

Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe #carnitas #tacos #mexican #slowcooker #crockpot

What is it about Mexican cuisine that makes us ravenously woozy with anticipation?

I can’t quite put a finger on it, but I can tell you, tender shreds of spicy pork served with cheese, veggies, and warm tortillas always sounds good to me.

Always.

Easy Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe #carnitas #tacos #mexican #slowcooker #crockpot

We make carnitas as a base recipe for all sorts of Mexican creations.

Seriously… you can use a good carnitas recipe in anything from chili, to quesadillas, to nachos, even on pizza. I’ll stop now before I pass out from the thought of a hot carnitas pizza covered in cheese.

Traditional carnitas is made in a dutch oven, but I like to prepare slow cooker carnitas, so I can start it in the morning and not think about it again until dinner time.

Crockpot Carnitas Recipe #carnitas #tacos #mexican #slowcooker #crockpot

This is so easy guys.

You simply dump all the ingredients for the carnitas recipe in the slow cooker, set it, and walk away. With sweet and tangy orange juice, aromatic spices, and a little bit of liquid smoke cuddling up to the pork for hours, how could this not be divine?

Simple Carnitas Recipe #carnitas #tacos #mexican #slowcooker #crockpot

Once you’ve cooked the tar out of the carnitas (in the words of my dad) the pork is so tender, it nearly falls apart when you shred it with a fork.

Then either serve it as-is, or crisp-ify it under the broiler.

Personally, I’m crazy over the little crispy bits.

Slow Cooker Carnitas #carnitas #tacos #mexican #slowcooker #crockpot

This simple slow cooker carnitas recipe is a must-have in your arsenal of recipes.

We use it most often in “street tacos” with onions, cilantro, and fresh warm puffy tortillas.

Es increíble!

PAGE: 1 2

You May Also Like...

51 Responses to “Best Slow Cooker Carnitas”

  1. Brianne Collierposted March 5, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Brie’s plans for the weekend: Get pork drunk.

    Reply

  2. Tina Muirposted March 5, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Yum! This looks fantastic, and I bet it is even better because it is made in the slow cooker!!! I LOVE the idea of putting it in the broiler after, that is such a great idea! I am gonna make this one ASAP!

    Reply

  3. Jenny Flakeposted March 5, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Gorgeous tacos!! Love the slow cookie idea!

    Reply

  4. Mariaposted March 5, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Love that you used the slow cooker!

    Reply

  5. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerposted March 5, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Perfect for a large group, Sommer. Beautiful!

    Reply

  6. Prudy | Butter, Basil, and Breadcrumbsposted March 5, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Yum. Just YUM.

    Reply

  7. Jenniferposted March 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I really love your idea of putting the pork under the broiler for a few minutes. That would resolve my conflicted feelings about cooking hunks of meat in the slow cooker. It usually comes out too soft for me. I really like some chew when I’m eating meat. You know?

    Reply

  8. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted March 5, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Pinned! And making this weekend!!! #fistbump

    Reply

  9. Heather Christoposted March 5, 2014 at 9:12 am

    These look completely awesome and will undoubtedly be making an appearance on my table this weekend (maybe after skiing!?)

    Reply

  10. Lana @ Never Enough Thymeposted March 5, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Oh. my. gosh. This looks so incredibly delicious! I especially love the crisping up under the broiler.

    Reply

  11. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Bakerposted March 5, 2014 at 9:31 am

    These carnitas look absolutely divine. I love slow cooking the meat then finishing them under the grill getting that charred bits. Charred bits are the best!

    Reply

  12. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted March 5, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Love carnitas and these look fabulous!

    Reply

  13. Layla @ Brunch Time Bakerposted March 5, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I saw this recipe on pinterest and had to hop over here and let you know how amazing these carnitas look!

    Reply

  14. Gabyposted March 5, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Must go with the crispy carnitas, so delicious!

    Reply

  15. Julie @ Table for Twoposted March 5, 2014 at 10:53 am

    This is like ultimate comfort food, Sommer! I want to dig right in!!

    Reply

  16. Kim @ Sand & Sisalposted March 5, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Oh my yum! I will be making this tomorrow for dinner! I can.not.wait! (Pinned & Stumbled it!)

    Reply

  17. Rachael | Spache the Spatulaposted March 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Okay these are totally not helping the taco cravings I can’t get over! And served on puffy tortillas?! Yep, I could definitely eat a plate full right now!

    Reply

  18. Courtney @ Neighborfoodposted March 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I love that you crispified this under the broiler! Such a good idea. And you’re totally right–I’m never NOT craving tacos. :)

    Reply

  19. Jocelyneposted March 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    What is the bacon grease? Looks delicious :)

    Reply

    • Sommer — March 6th, 2014 @ 6:56 am

      Hey Jocelyne, Bacon grease it leftover bacon fat from the skillet. Here in the south we save it for just such occasions! You could also use oil if you prefer.

      Reply

  20. Tieghanposted March 5, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I love carnitas!! These look so good Sommer. I wish they were cooking away now!!

    Reply

  21. Nutmeg Nannyposted March 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    This pork looks glorious! I am seriously drooling over this dish!

    Reply

  22. marlaposted March 6, 2014 at 6:08 am

    These look amazing Sommer!

    Reply

  23. Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted March 6, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I love that you crisped these up! I make carnitas often in my slow cooker, and every once in awhile I toss them in the oven before eating. What a difference it makes! Your photos are stunning too, PINNED!!!

    Reply

  24. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted March 6, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Carnitas…one of my all-time favorite meals. I want some with your puffy tortillas!

    Reply

  25. Meredithposted March 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Over the top amazing!

    Reply

  26. Nancy @ gottagetbakedposted March 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I JUST got a slow cooker and I CAN’T WAIT TO USE IT! Sorry for all the capital letters, I’m just really really excited. I’ve pinned this recipe so that I can make it asap. Your carnetas look incredible! I love how tender and crispy your pork looks. Yum!

    Reply

  27. Mark @YeaDadsHomeposted March 13, 2014 at 8:23 am

    This looks awesome! I don’t use the slow cooker very much because it seems everything is a bit soupy. Need to try the broiler trick. Thanks!

    Reply

  28. carla edenposted March 18, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Hey, so I’m all set to make this today and realized I don’t have ancho chili powder! any recommendations for a substitute? Thanks!

    Reply

    • Sommer — March 18th, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

      Hey Carla, You can substitute regular chili powder.

      Reply

  29. Pingback: Spicy Pork Carnitas | Cook AZ I Do

  30. Emily Schuermannposted June 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

    These look so good! I bet the OJ makes something magical happen! I will have to try it out!! My all time fav is the salsa verde Carne asada tacos crockpot recipe!! I bet this will be a contender for 1st place though! Thanks for sharing

    Reply

  31. Amyposted July 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    These have been cooking all day. It smells AMAZING in my house! Cant wait to try them. Thanks for the great recipe. ♡

    Reply

  32. Cheriposted September 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I’m making these for the second time… the last time, they were amazing and yielded so much meat that we froze the excess and had delicious carnitas everything for weeks. We used it in tacos, nachos, burritos, quesadillas, homemade mac & cheese, and more.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    Reply

  33. Pingback: 80+ Delicious Recipes for a Mexican Fiesta — Giving Up on Perfect

  34. Pingback: modernparent.net | Love Mexican? Love Your Slow Cooker!

  35. Sylviaposted March 6, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    do you need a large crockpot or can you use 4 qt?

    Reply

  36. Cyndieposted March 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I made this today in my slow cooker. The texture is great and there is lots of broth and onion to blend together to make gravy. BEWARE! 1 TBSP was too much SALT for me. Next time I will start with 1 Teaspoon. I’m looking for my barbecue sauce recipe and I will leave out the salt.

    Reply

    • Cyndie — March 8th, 2015 @ 6:50 pm

      I just realized why my pork is so salty. I used a Swift Premium Boneless Petite Pork Roast WITH up to “12% solution of pork broth, salt and natural flavor.” I better watch that next time.

      Reply

  37. Davidposted March 20, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I used a quarter cup of homemade orange marmalade, and a half cup of white wine, and a little ancho chile powder too. Fughettaboutit.

    Reply

  38. Stephanieposted August 30, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    So excited to make these!  Is the liquid smoke a must, if so, is that something easy to find in a grocery store?  
    Also, do these come out spicy?  My hubby thinks the spicier the better.  Thanks! 

    Reply

    • Sommer — September 2nd, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

      Hi Stephanie! You can find liquid smoke near the barbecue sauce in the grocery store. The carnitas aren’t super spicy on their own, but you could definitely turn up the heat. :)

      Reply

  39. Pingback: sunday supper pork carnitas| off the eaten path

  40. Sommerposted January 22, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Vee! If you can’t find it, just omit the liquid smoke. :)

    Reply

  41. Pingback: 13 Gluten-Free Crock-Pot Recipes For The Flourless Dinner Fantasy Come True - Bustle | Healthy Tips Information

  42. Helenposted March 12, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Best carnitas ever! Easy to make and absolutely delicious!

    Reply

  43. Erikposted March 20, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! Is the onion added in the slow cooker or used raw as garnish?

    Reply

  44. Pingback: Cinco De Mayo Recipes: Salsa, Guacamole And Other Easy Foods To Make For Your Fiesta – International Business Times | LatestHealthNews.xyz

  45. Pingback: Drowned Carnitas Party Sandwiches (Torta Ahogada) - A Spicy Perspective

  46. Dorisposted November 12, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Sommer—your website is amazing Just love the recipes and photos you post. I’m a gal from Brooklyn NY living in NC for over thirty years. I can truly cook a Southern or Mexican dish thanks to sites like yours. Have a great day!!

    Reply

Leave a Comment