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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. | ethnicspoon.com
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Authentic Mexican Pork Carnitas Recipe Card

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
Keyword authentic, carnitas, crock pot, nachos, pork, puerco, slow cooker, street food, tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 24 servings
Calories 301 kcal



  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.  Flip over every couple hours in the slow cooker.  Check after 5 hours or so and cook until it separates easily with a fork.

  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 tray, and broil for about 5 minutes.

  7. Serve with flour or corn tortillas, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and hot sauce. 

Recipe Notes


Q: Can I freeze the pork carnitas for later use?
A: Yes, set aside and portion the amount you want to freeze before you get it crispy under the broiler. Allow the pork to completely cool and store in air tight freezer containers for 1-2 months. If you vacuum pack, it will last over 12 months.

Q: Can I make this in the oven?
A: Yes, you can place all the ingredients in a roaster or large oven safe Dutch oven. Preheat the oven to 300°F and cook covered for 3 hours then flip the pork over and cook another 2 hours. It should be fork tender and separate easily when done.

Q: What else can I make with the pork carnitas?
A: Our favorite dishes to make are tacos with lettuce, cilantro, tomato, queso fresco and onion. You can also make quesadillas, tostadas and burritos with your choice of fillings.


Nutrition Facts
Authentic Mexican Pork Carnitas Recipe Card
Amount Per Serving
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 260mg11%
Potassium 338mg10%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.