Recipe: Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Pork carnitas made extra easy by using the slow cooker. They are crispy, tender and full of flavor.



  • Pork shoulder roast 1.85 kg(4 lbs)
  •  1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp chile powder
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp crushed peppercorns
  •  1 small can diced green chilies
  •  1 cup water


  1. Brown the pork shoulder in a frying pan on all sides. Browning brings out a lot of extra flavor in the pork. Add pork shoulder to crockpot.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker. Cook the pork shoulder 8-10 hours on low.
  3. I decided to cook the pork shoulder overnight.
  4. At 10 pm I set the MyTime slow cooker to meat, 2 lbs, half full and then adjusted the time to be done for 8 am.
  5. In the morning I removed the pork shoulder and shredded it with a fork.
  6. I added 1/2 the shredded pork to a cookie sheet.
  7. Ladle some of the reserved liquid and onions over the pulled pork.
  8. Add it to a 450 degree oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  9. Toss and bake until the pork has browned edges about 8-10 minutes.
  10. Remove crispy pork and repeat with remaining shredded pork.
  11. Enjoy!