You will love these authentic Mexian Pork carnitas! Tender and delicious with a nice crispy finish! Super easy to make in the slow cooker and then crisp up in the oven. |
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Authentic Mexican Pork Carnitas

Slow cooker tender and delicious with a nice crispy finish! You will love these authentic Mexican pork carnitas! Super easy to make in the slow cooker and then crisp up in the oven.

Course Main dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 24 servings
Calories 301 kcal
Author Analida


  • 6 lb pork shoulder or butt
  • 1 onion medium, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp oregano dried
  • 3 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper ground
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 2 limes sliced sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup water


  1. In a small bowl place oregano, cumin, black pepper, salt, chili powder,and cinnamon, then mix thoroughly.
  2. Put the pork shoulder in the slow cooker and add the onion, garlic, limes, bay leaves, water and spice mixture.
  3. Cover and cook for 6 hours on high.
  4. Heat oven on broiler
  5. Move meat to a large cutting board and using two forks begin the shred the meat.
  6. Place the meat in a single layer on a baking dish, and broil for about 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with flour or corn tortillas, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and hot sauce. 

Nutrition Facts
Authentic Mexican Pork Carnitas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Potassium 338mg 10%
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 2%
Iron 6.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.