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Slow Cooker Carnitas

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Jennie Duncan
These are the best Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas you will ever make! Cooked low and slow they are full of flavor and will make an amazing dinner! You and your family will love this recipe!
 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 hrs 30 mins
broiler time 3 mins
Total Time 10 hrs 43 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8 servings
Calories 276 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 pounds pork shoulder (anywhere from 3.5 -5 pounds works)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1.4 ounce can diced green chilis
  • 2 small onions sliced
  • Juice from 2 oranges
  • Juice from 2 limes

Instructions
 

  • Start by making a rub for your pork. In a small mixing bowl mix cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper, together. Then rub the seasonings over all sides of the pork.
  • Place the pork in the slow cooker. Making sure that the fat side of the pork is facing up.
  • Over the top of the pork spread on your minced garlic, green chilis, and onions. Add the juice from the oranges and limes.
  • Cover and cook on low 10 hours.
  • Remove the meat from the slow cooker and with two forks pulling away from each other shred your cooked pork.
  • Once shredded place your pork back into the slow cooker and let it cook on low for 30 minutes. (Tip: If there seems to be a lot of juices, you can remove some of it first)
  • After simmering the meat, using tongs, transfer the meat to a large rimmed sheet pan. Make sure the pan is large enough that the meat is not crowed but has room to spread out.
  • Place it under the broiler for 1-3 minutes. This cooks quickly so make sure to watch it closely. You want some of the meat to brown up and become crispy, but not all of it.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy.

Notes

This needs a longer cooking time than your usual slow cooker recipe. Cook it low and slow for maximum flavor and tenderness.
This needs a longer cooking time than your usual slow cooker recipe. Cook it low and slow for maximum flavor and tenderness.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 34gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 715mgPotassium: 675mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 181IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Slow Cooker Carnitas, Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
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