Slow Cooker Carnitas

Slow Cooker Carnitas

World Cuisine Latin American Mexican

Carnitas means 'little meats' and is traditionally fried then braised. This recipe is made much easier using the slow cooker but the results are just as tasty. This makes a great filling for tamales, enchiladas, tacos and burritos. This filling is also great combined with your favorite barbecue sauce and served on buns.

Servings per recipe: 10
Calories per serving: 223
Preparation time: 10m
Total cooking time: 10h 10m


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (4 pound) boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups chicken broth


  • 1   Mix together salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, and cinnamon in a bowl. Coat pork with the spice mixture. Place the bay leaves in the bottom of a slow cooker and place the pork on top. Pour the chicken broth around the sides of the pork, being careful not to rinse off the spice mixture.
  • 2   Cover and cook on Low until the pork shreds easily with a fork, about 10 hours. Turn the meat after it has cooked for 5 hours. When the pork is tender, remove from slow cooker, and shred with two forks. Use cooking liquid as needed to moisten the meat.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 13.8g 21%
    Saturated Fat 5.0g  
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 474mg 19%
Potassium 290mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 0.7g  
Dietary Fiber 0.2g  
Protein 22.2g 44%
Sugars 0g  
Vitamin A 16IU  
Vitamin C 0mg  
Calcium 25mg  
Iron 1mg  
Thiamin 1mg  
Niacin 9mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 20mg  
Folate 5mcg