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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

This Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas recipe is easy to make and perfect for those weeknight dinners! Pork Carnitas taste incredible in a warm tortilla topped with fresh pico de gallo, avocado, queso fresco, and a squeeze of lime. With just a few simple ingredients you can have some tender and flavorful Pork Carnitas.

Pork Carnitas


3 to 8 lb. pork roast, or shoulder (I used boneless pork loin)

the zest and juice of 1 orange

the zest and juice of 1 lime

1 onion

3 garlic cloves minced

1 chipotle pepper in adobo (optional)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp adobo seasoning blend

2 bay leaves

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper


Season your pork with salt and pepper and then place in a hot skillet with some olive oil to get a good sear on each side of the meat. Then add the pork to a slow cooker and the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours and low for 8 hours or until the pork is tender enough to shred with a fork. Timing will vary depending on the size of your pork. Serve in a warm corn or flour tortilla. Optional toppings fresh pico de gallo, sliced avocado, queso fresco cheese or shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and squeeze of a lime.

For a video tutorial visit my YouTube channel

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