Slow Cooker Carnitas

Carnitas is by far one of my favorite meats to get at a Mexican restaurant. Since being on Whole 30, it is difficult for me to eat out because of the hidden non-complaint items at most restaurants. My solution, of course, is to just cook at home. Here is how I make mine.






Slow-cooker Carnitas

4 pounds pork shoulder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Bay leaves
2 cups of chicken broth

Kitchen equipment needed:
Slow cooker
Measuring spoons
Small bowl

  1. Trim excess fat off the pork shoulder.
  2. Place Bay leaves at the bottom of the slow cooker and place pork on top of them.
  3. Mix the remainder of the dry ingredients in a small bowl then rub all over the top and sides of the pork shoulder.
  4. Pour the chicken broth around the pork, trying to not rinse off the dry rub.
  5. Cook the carnitas on low for 8-10 hours or until meat shreds naturally.


I love this recipe because, like most slow cooker recipes, it is quick to put together and it makes your house smell delicious. Plus, it’s one of those things that you can throw together in the morning before work and come home to and enjoy when the day is over. Once you make a batch you can use it in a variety of ways. I’ve eaten it over cauliflower rice, in lettuce boats, or on top of sweet potatoes and eggs. One of my personal favorite ways to eat carnitas is to pair it with tostones (fried plantains), guacamole, and salsa. In my opinion these additional recipes make the ultimate delicious meal.




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