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Crockpot Pork Carnitas

by Heather

The only crockpot pork carnitas recipe you need! Just 6 ingredients create a flavorful and crowd pleasing meal. Serve with tacos, over roasted potatoes, or in a salad! However you enjoy it, try this recipe because it never dissapoints!

Crockpot Carnitas

Crockpot pork carnitas

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve made this carnitas recipe. You just can’t beat how simple it comes together or, how dang delicious it is! Seriously, mouth watering and a crowd pleaser. I’ve served it as the main dish for a birthday party for about 30 people, and it was a total hit!

I trust the result, each and every time.  The meat is so tender, juicy and leaves you wondering what that special thing is that you’re tasting (hint hint, it’s cinnamon!)

pork carnitas

Here’s what you need for crockpot carnitas

making pork carnitas

How to make this easy recipe

  1. Prep your pork by cutting it into 4-6 equal pieces, slightly smaller than the size than a baseball.  Heat a large heavy bottom pan to medium-high heat.  Sprinkle sea salt and pepper on all sides of the pork pieces, and place in the hot pot to sear.  Sear for 3-4 minutes on one side, then flip and sear on the other.  Place in the crockpot when both sides are seared.  If not all of the pork pieces easily fit in your pan, you can do this step in batches. (Rushed on time? You can totally skip these steps and simply add everything into the crockpot and follow from step 4!)
  2. When the pork is done, add the onion to the hot pot and saute for 1-2 minutes, just to get some color on the onions.  Add the onions into the crockpot.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water, along with the chili powder and cinnamon.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.  The pork carnitas will easily shred and are ready to eat!  Serve it up in tacos, or with crispy potato bites and all your favorite taco toppings!
pork carnitas tacos

Different ways to serve your carnitas

My favorite way to serve these is over a potato base, like crispy potato bites.  Baking up a batch of waffle fries and sweet potato waffle fries are another great potato base.

Of course you can turn them into taco with all the tasty taco toppings! Think: guacamole, avocado slices, pico de gallo, salsa, hot sauce, green onion, cilantro, diced tomatoes, slaw, shredded sharp cheddar… any of your go to taco toppings!

Another fun way to enjoy the carnitas is in a taco salad. Pair crisp chopped lettuce, tomato and carnitas together, and add in black beans, diced avocado and a cilantro lime ranch dressing. Delicious!

Crockpot Pork Carnitas
Crockpot Pork Carnitas
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Crockpot Pork Carnitas

The only crockpot pork carnitas recipe you need! Just 6 ingredients create a flavorful and crowd pleasing meal. Serve with tacos, over roasted potatoes, or in a salad! However you enjoy it, try this recipe because it never dissapoints!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner, pork
Servings: 6
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

  • 2 lb pork butt or shoulder roast (boneless)
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Prep your pork by cutting it into 4-6 equal pieces, slightly smaller than the size than a baseball.  Heat a large heavy bottom pan to medium-high heat.  Sprinkle sea salt and pepper on all sides of the pork pieces, and place in the hot pot to sear.  Sear for 3-4 minutes on one side, then flip and sear on the other.  Place in the crockpot when both sides are seared.  If not all of the pork pieces easily fit in your pan, you can do this step in batches. (Rushed on time? You can totally skip these steps and simply add everything into the crockpot and follow from step 4!)
  • When the pork is done, add the onion to the hot pot and saute for 1-2 minutes, just to get some color on the onions.  Add the onions into the crockpot.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water, along with the chili powder and cinnamon.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.  The pork carnitas will easily shred and are ready to eat!  Serve it up in tacos, or with crispy potato bites and all your favorite taco toppings!
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood or tag #fitmamarealfood!

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
crockpot pork carnitas

If you try this recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

*Originally published in December 2017. Updated August 2021.*

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