Slow Cooker Carnitas

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Erin Parker 14

"Carnitas means 'little meats' and is traditionally fried then braised. This recipe is made much easier using the slow cooker but the results are just as tasty. This makes a great filling for tamales, enchiladas, tacos and burritos. This filling is also great combined with your favorite barbecue sauce and served on buns."


10 h 10 m servings 223 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 223 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 13.8 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs:
  • 0.7g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 22.2 g
  • 44%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 73 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium:
  • 474 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Mix together salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, and cinnamon in a bowl. Coat pork with the spice mixture. Place the bay leaves in the bottom of a slow cooker and place the pork on top. Pour the chicken broth around the sides of the pork, being careful not to rinse off the spice mixture.
  2. Cover and cook on Low until the pork shreds easily with a fork, about 10 hours. Turn the meat after it has cooked for 5 hours. When the pork is tender, remove from slow cooker, and shred with two forks. Use cooking liquid as needed to moisten the meat.


  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.
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  1. 1368 Ratings


As the aroma of this wafted through the house I just knew we were in for something good and boy, were we! I doubled the amount of spices but left out the cinnamon, and used 4 big cloves of mince...

GREAT!! The recipe is very similar to the one that one was given to me. I add several sprigs of fresh cilantro to the broth in which the pork is simmering. Also at the end, break apart the pork ...

This was absolutely DELICIOUS! After reading some of the reviews, I tripled the spice mix and added chilli powder for heat- I also had a bigger pork roast than was specified. It is virtually no ...

Amazing! my husband likes these better than chipotle. Since some reviewers said the seasoning didn't permeate the entire roast, I cut it into quarters or sometimes a little smaller and then appl...

mmmm, these were so good and the house smelled great, as well. when my daughter came home, the first words out of her mouth were, ''what smells so good?!'' the meat falls apart and has the mos...

I usually make carnitas in a pot on the stove and it always comes out great. However, since I just bought a slow cooker I thought it would be so nice to try it this way since I wouldn't have to...

I made this recipe with the suggestion to double up on the spices except for the cinnamon, but the cinnamon really ruined this recipe and it was too salty for my taste. I liked the other spices...

I quickly ran out of rub the first time I made these, so I have learned to triple the amount of rub the recipe calls for. So tender and flavorful. Very economical and can eat on this for days....

Followed advice as given by "naples34102". Liked it so much, I'm making it again for company. Super moist.***Review Update: I've made this 5 times now and it's been consistently fantastic unt...