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Slow Cooker Carnitas

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Slow Cooker Carnitas

slow cooker carnitas

With baseball season upon us, and both of my children playing this year, our slow cooker is going to be putting in some over time! Check out our super easy and yummy Slow Cooker Carnitas recipe! I love being able to prepare in the morning, throwing everything into the slow cooker and then coming home to a warm, filling meal after we’ve finished our extra activities. It’s really the only way I’m going to make it through baseball this year!

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Course Main


  • Whole Pork Shoulder or Pork Butt
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 cans Rotel Tomatoes & Chiles - I prefer the mild
  • 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 2 tsp dried Chipotle Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 cup Beef Broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Heat oil in a large pan and brown pork on all sides.
  • Place pork in the slow cooker and add the remaining ingredients on top of pork.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Remove the pork and shred. Also, remove the bone if it was not boneless.
  • Remove the bay leaves.
  • Drain about half of the liquid and add the shredded pork back to the juices in the crock pot.

 slow cooker carnitas

Typically, you would use your Slow Cooker Carnitas to make tacos. You can serve it with rice and beans, pico or guacamole and some chips. I love to have some fresh sliced limes close by when we have this too. This recipe makes a pretty good amount, so you will probably have left-overs to enjoy over the next day or so. We’re adding new recipes every day, so be sure to visit us often. You can browse through all of our recipes HERE!

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