Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe

Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe

How To Make Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

Carnitas is a Mexican favorite meal that’s crispy, tender, and worth every single calorie. Enjoy this simple slow cooker carnitas recipe at home.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 5 minutes



  • 4lbspork shouldertrimmed of any excess fat
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 1tbsporeganodried
  • 1tbspground cumin
  • 1tbsppaprikasweet or smokey
  • tbspsea salt flakes
  • 1tspblack pepperfreshly ground
  • 2tbspbrown sugar
  • 1pconioncoarsely chopped
  • 6largecloves garlicsliced in half
  • 1pcjalapeno
  • 14oztomatoescrushed
  • 2pcslimejuiced
  • 2pcsancho chilesdeseeded, ribs removed and sliced


  1. Rinse and dry the pork shoulder with a paper towel. Place the pork in a slow cooker bowl and add in the oil, oregano, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, and brown sugar on the pork.

  2. Rub seasoning all over pork; top with the onion, garlic, and jalapeno. Add in the tomatoes and squeeze the lime juices over the pork. Mix everything together until well combined.

  3. Cover and cook on low for on high for 4 to 6 hours. Once the meat is fork-tender and falling apart, remove from slow cooker and allow to cool slightly before pulling apart with 2 forks.

  4. Place the carnitas (shredded meat) onto a baking tray; drizzle with sauce from the slow cooker; add the ancho chiles (poblano peppers) and allow to grill/broil in a preheated oven on medium-high settings until golden and crispy.

  5. Alternatively, place shredded pork into a skillet and fry until crispy with the chile slices over medium-high heat.


  • Calories: 805.50kcal
  • Fat: 57.75g
  • Saturated Fat: 19.32g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 26.09g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.52g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.26g
  • Fiber: 4.00g
  • Sugar: 6.24g
  • Protein: 54.37g
  • Cholesterol: 214.70mg
  • Sodium: 1007.16mg
  • Calcium: 101.98mg
  • Potassium: 1346.31mg
  • Iron: 5.42mg
  • Vitamin A: 122.56µg
  • Vitamin C: 23.76mg
Chat Bubble Icon Share your own special recipe
Submit Your Own Recipe

Have your own special recipe to share? Submit Your Recipe Today!