Recipe for Slow Cooker Carnitas - 2 Dads with Baggage
bowl containing chunks of pork carnitas topped with cilantro, avocado, lime and sour cream

Recipe for Slow Cooker Carnitas

By Patti Werry – This recipe for Slow Cooker Carnitas couldn’t be easier. Three main ingredients, four spices and six hours and you have tender, juicy and flavorful carnitas. The meat is perfect for tacos or bowls or use it in our recipe for Spicy Pork Posole.

Recipe for Spicy Pork Posole from On-Pan Cookbook for Men by Jon Bailey
Top your bowl of Spicy Pork Posole with a squeeze of lime and a variety of toppings.

Recipe for Slow Cooker Carnitas

You can adjust the quantities depending on the size of your cut of meat and your taste. The leftovers are delicious (of course) and it freezes well, so go for the big piece of meat! One thing I don’t recommend is being at home while making Slow Cooker Carnitas – smelling the meat cooking for six hours is torture!

cubes of raw pork and onions ready to make carnitas in a crockpot
This recipe for carnitas is simply made in the crockpot.

Ingredients to Make Recipe for Slow Cooker Carnitas

pork butt roast ready to make carnitas
Start with a pork roast and cut into cubes to make carnitas in the crockpot.
  • 3.5 pound pork shoulder (Boston Butt) boneless, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into quarters
  • 2 garlic cloves
ingredients to make carnitas, including cubed pork roast, onion, garlic, oregano, and more.
Just a few ingredients make this carnitas recipe so easy and delicious.


Toss pork and spices in the bowl of slow cooker. Place onion and garlic on top of pork.

Cook on low setting for six hours or until meat is very tender and falls apart easily.

Remove pork from the cooker with a slotted spoon, discarding garlic and onion. Shred meat with two forks or shredders.

Print Recipe
Carnitas tacos topped with avocado, cilantro and lime
Tacos made with carnitas is one of our family favorites.

Ways to Enjoy this Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe

  • Use in Recipe for Spicy Pork Posole with Corn (find that recipe here on our blog).
  • Make tacos with avocado, lime, cilantro and tomatillo salsa.
  •  Make bowls with any combination of black beans, cilantro-lime rice, avocado, sour cream, cilantro and a squeeze of lime

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