Crock Pot Carnitas Recipe

Crock Pot Carnitas Recipe

This is the 4th recipe of Mexican Recipe Week, so far I’ve shared recipes for:

Today’s recipe is Carnitas.

carnitas pork in a crock pot

Carnitas is basically just shredded pork that is seasoned in a carnitas flavor – it is  also traditionally roasted at the end to get a carmelized edge to the meat along with being tender, but I do mine in the crock pot.

Once the meat is made, you can use it as the base for almost anything.  Some options to consider include:

  • Burrito
  • Crunchy taco shells
  • Tostadas
  • Salad


  • 2 lbs of pork
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for personal preference)
  • 2 cloves diced garlic
  • 1 lime (juice of)
  • 1 can of beer (or chicken broth)
  • salt


  • Mix all of the ingredients (except the pork) together in the crock pot.
  • Add the pork – try to get it spread around so most of the pork is submerged, cut into smaller portions if necessary.
  • Cook on high for 6 to 8 hours (or longer) until meat is tender.
  • Use two forks to shred the pork in the crock pot and then let it cook about another hour so the flavor gets on all the meat.
  • Most of the water should be absorbed by the end.

Serve with your toppings of choice such as:

  • avocado
  • lime juice
  • cheese
  • sour cream
  • tomatoes
  • salsa
  • lettuce

To make it Atkins friendly make sure to cook with the chicken broth or water instead of beer.  The photo also shows a low-carb tortilla making this meal very low carb.

Serve and Enjoy!

What’s your favorite pork recipe?

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