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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas are slow-cooked with for hours with a blend of Mexican inspired spices and citrus juice to become tender and full of flavor!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword crock pot, crock pot pulled pork, mexican, pork, slow cooker, slow cooker pulled pork, tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Author Kasey Schwartz


  • 3-4 pound pork shoulder, trimmed slightly
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup of orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil - vegetable or canola


  • Tortillas and toppings
  • Buns
  • Lettuce wraps


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the dried oregano, cumin, salt and pepper
  • Rub seasoning mixture onto pork shoulder on all sides
  • Add onion, garlic, orange juice and peel, lime juice and chipotle pepper to slow cooker
  • Place pork on top
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until internal temperature is 145 degrees F
  • Remove pork from slow cooker onto cutting board, let cool slightly
  • Shred pork with forks
  • Heat oil in skillet on stove ** see notes
  • Add pork and some of the juice from the slow cooker
  • Turn often to brown the pork until juices have evaporated and pork is nicely browned
  • Repeat with more pork if your skillet doesn’t hold all of it
  • Serve immediately with tortillas and toppings
  • Store leftovers in refrigerator


You can also crisp the pork on the baking sheet in the oven under broiler for 5 minutes or until crispy