Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

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slow cooker pork carnitas recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Sometimes, preparing a hands-on dinner is out of the question. That's where this simple pork carnitas recipe comes in. Cooking a pork shoulder in a Crock-Pot means that you'll have the juiciest, tenderest filling for tacos ready and waiting for you when you get home from work. Then all you'll need to do is add your favorite fixings.


1 white onion, halved and thinly sliced

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 jalapeño, minced

3 pounds cubed pork shoulder

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon cumin

2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

2 oranges

1 lime

⅓ cup chicken broth


1. Place the onion, garlic, jalapeño and pork in the base of a slow cooker. Add the salt, pepper, cumin and oregano.

2. Zest the oranges and lime over the pork, then halve them and squeeze the juice over the pork. Pour the broth overthe pork as well.

3. Put the lid on the slow cooker and set the heat on low. Cook for 7 hours, or until the meat is tender and easy to shred with a fork.

4. Use two forks to shred the meat. The pork can be served immediately (we prefer it in tacos) or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days, or in the freezer for up to a month.

Nutrition Facts
  • 442 calories

  • 31g fat

  • 9g carbs

  • 30g protein

  • 4g sugars

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