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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe

We love making Pork Carnitas in the slow cooker. A fun twist on traditional carnitas that cooks all day long. This Pork carnitas recipe is perfect for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, or on top of salads.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs 5 mins
Total Time6 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: carnitas, easy slow cooker recipe, mexican recipe, pork dinner
Servings: 8
Calories: 270kcal


  • Slow Cooker
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Large Baking Sheet


  • 3 pound pork roast
  • 15 ounces enchilada sauce 1 can
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar


  • Place roast in slow cooker sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over the roast.
  • Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or HIGH for 5-6 hours (I would recommend the low setting). Remove roast from slow cooker when finished cooking and shred using two forks (it should fall apart pretty easily).
  • Cover a large baking sheet (15x10x1") with foil and spread the shredded meat on top of it. Pour some of the liquid from the slow cooker over the meat (I used about 1 1/2 cups - use as much or as little as you like).
  • Broil meat for about 5 minutes, until it starts to caramelize around the edges (I flipped my meat once during this time).


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1066mg | Potassium: 765mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg