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Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

The easiest, tastiest way to make pork carnitas! The slow cooker does all the work to create juicy flavorful meat, and a quick sear adds that perfect touch of crispy browned bits. Delicious in tacos, great for meal prep, and perfect for feeding a crowd.
Servings 10
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 hrs
Browning Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 hrs 15 mins


  • 4 lb pork butt
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • the juice from 2 oranges about 3/4 cup
  • the juice from 2 limes about 1/4 cup
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil olive oil works too

Spice Rub

  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder


  • Dry your pork butt with a paper towl and place it in to your slow cooker. Set your cooker to low.
  • Combine all of your spices in a small bowl, then rub them on all sides of the pork butt.
  • Add the garlic, onion, bay leaf, and orange and lime juices to the pot.
  • Cover the pot and cook the pork for 10 hours, until it shreds apart easily with a fork.
  • Shred your pork using two forks, until it's all shredded down into thin strips.
  • Heat the avocado oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Use a slotted spoon to pull some of the pork out and add it to your skillet.
  • Cook the pork undisturbed for a few minutes. Don't stir it or flip it until the juices have cooked off and the bottom is nice and crispy. Then flip the pork over and let it cook for about 2 minutes on the other side just until it's crispy.
  • See the post above for serving suggestions. Don't forget to drizzle the browned meat with the juices right before serving. Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Food Network
Calories: 266kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy recipes, slow cooker, tacos


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 704mg | Potassium: 676mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg

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