Easy Crock Pot Pulled Pork Carnitas

One of my favorite meals at the local cantina is the carnitas. Once I realized just how easy these are to make at home, I felt a little silly. It’s our general rule that we never order out from a restaurant anything we can make at home just as well, if not better.

Carnitas are incredibly easy to make and the meat is pretty versatile. I find we use the leftovers in several different dishes and all of them are equally as good as the first. You can easily feed a family of four two or three meals from this one rather inexpensive cut of meat.

 You can quite easily prepare this recipe in the oven using a 6-quart Dutch oven [paid link] if you prefer, but today we have made this meal using my favorite programmable crock pot [paid link].

Looking for more pulled pork recipes? Check these out:

Oven Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Kalua Pork

Smoked Pork Butt

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Easy Crock Pot Pull Pork Carnitas

Easy Crock Pot Pull Pork Carnitas

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Carnitas are incredibly easy to make and the meat is pretty versatile. I find we use the leftovers in several different dishes and all of them are equally as good as the first. You can easily feed a family of four two or three meals from this one rather inexpensive cut of meat.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 hrs
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 354 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions , cut in half
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 jalapeno , seeded with ribs removed, sliced
  • 2 limes , halved and juiced
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • Rinse and dry the pork shoulder. Salt and pepper liberally.
  • Mix the oregano and the cumin with olive oil and rub all over pork.
  • Place the pork in the slow cooker and top with the onions, garlic, and jalapeno.
  • Pour over the top the juice of the limes. Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours.
  • Once the meat is tender, remove from slow cooker and shred apart with two forks.
  • In a saute pan, heat the vegetable oil over high heat. Place the shredded pork into the oil and lightly fry until crusty on one side.

Notes

Suggested Servings: alone, in salsa Verde, or on tortillas with a side of rice and beans.

Nutrition

Serving: 6ozCalories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 52gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 357mgPotassium: 920mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 8mgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 5µgCalcium: 38mgFolate: 6µgIron: 3mgZinc: 4mg
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