Killer Crockpot Carnitas (Slow Cooker)

The best crockpot carnitas you will ever have! Killer Crockpot pork is made in your slow cooker so it couldn't be easier!

Crockpot carnitas in a white bowl

Do you remember the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives? They showed a Mexican restaurant that people were standing at the door. Apparently they had killer carnitas that they then "showed you how to make." If you've ever seen the show, you know, it means they've just listed the ingredients and shown that it started to finish in approx. 10 seconds They made theirs in large batches, but after watching it again and again, we figured out the ingredients. After a few experimental attempts and several years of doing them, we consider these pig carnitas mastered! This meat is as good as it comes and makes a killer taco. If you still make malt beef tacos, they quickly become the past when you try this recipe. Bonus: they are even made in the slow cooker! What's not to love ?! Get ready for taco cravings, everyone!

We think there is a little bit of magic that happens when you take such an ordinary cheap meat and make it this culinary masterpiece. Especially considering how little effort is required to get this started! Once your meat is chopped, the only thing you need to do is throw everything in the crockpot, mix ingredients by hand really quickly, and then go about your day. It's the perfect meal for a busy weekday!

  • How do you eat carnitas?

    Carnitas belong to all Mexican food: burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, you can even eat it by yourself!

  • My pork is really greasy. Should I trim off a lot of fat?

    Trimming is not necessary, but it all depends on your personal taste. If you are not a fan of grilled meat, you will trim some of the larger pieces of fat. However, don't worry about pruning it all, because you want to keep a good amount of fat to taste.

  • Why do you require so much oil?

    We essentially roast pork slowly, which requires a lot of oil. The secret of the most amazing carnitas is a sharp exterior and tender interior, and you can't do it without a good amount of oil. At the end, there will be a good amount of oil left to run out, so you don't actually eat all that oil. Also remember that this recipe makes a lot of meat. This is much more than just a couple of servings.

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Killer Crockpot Carnitas (Slow Cooker)

The best crockpot carnitas you will ever have! Killer Crockpot Pork Carnitas made in your slow cooker so it couldn't be easier!

Prep Time5 minutes

Cooking time8 hours

Total time8 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 3 to 5 pounds Pork or shoulder roast
  • 1 tablespoon painted cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp painted carnations
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups vegetable oil


  • Trim fried and cut into 1/4 inch thick pieces. Place directly in crock pot (or baking pan).

  • Combine spices and toss in crockpot.

  • Add vegetable oil in. Yes, it's a lot of oil, but fear not. If you skimp, you will not get the same results.

  • Discard with hands until evenly coated with spice and oil-goodness.

  • Cook at low setting for 6-8 hours until the meat can be easily shredded with a fork.


FOR CRISIS ON OVEN: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Work in portions and use teeth to place the shredded meat in the pan and saute it until crisp, approx. The meat should still have oil on it from slow cooker.

FOR THE CRISIS IN THE ABOVE: Spread shredded carnitas out on a baking sheet in an even layer. Place under the broiler setting in your oven for 3 – 5 minutes until crisp.


Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Protein: 51 g | Fat: 14g | Saturated fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 142 mg | Sodium: 555 mg | Potassium: 878 mg | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 0.2 mg | Calcium: 18 mg | Iron: 1.8 mg

Course: Main course

Food: Mexican

Keywords: Slow Cooker Carnitas

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