Crockpot Pork Carnitas

pork carnitas

I have to admit, I find any excuse I can to make slow cooker pork. Yesterday, I decided that I had to make my own carnitas, because the pork at the Mexican restaurant we go to every few weeks is just too far away.  And with the price of gas, well you know, it’s time for us to start making our favorite Mexican foods at home.  I have to admit though, I really didn’t think I could make anything that could compare to the tender slow cooked goodness of the pork at our favorite Mexican restaurant, but I did! And it was just as easy as making  any other type of pulled pork, you just change the seasonings.

crockpot tacos

For this pork, I used lots of smoky cumin, chipotle chili powder, onions, garlic, coriander, and beer. The combination of all the ingredients slow cooking for so long smelled so amazing, and tasted even better.  If you like, you can add more heat by using more chili powder or adding cayenne pepper. And if you don’t want to use beer in this recipe, just omit it, along with the salt, and use 12 oz of pork or chicken stock instead. I also slow cooked this pork using my KitchenAid Slow Cooker. It’s oval size is much better for cooking large cuts of meat.

pork tacos on white plate

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Yield: Serves 4

Crockpot Pork Carnitas

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3 - 4 lb pork shoulder
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
2 tablespoons coriander
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried cilantro
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper

1 (12 oz) Mexican or regular beer

To serve:
corn tortillas
chopped tomato
chopped fresh cilantro
chopped onion


Combine pork with all seasonings and beer in crockpot. Cover and turn to low. Cook on low until pork is falling apart, 10 - 12 hours. When pork is very tender, drain juices and fat. Shred pork and leave in slow cooker and turn to keep warm.

Serve shredded pork in corn tortillas topped with fresh cilantro, onion and tomato.

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  15 Responses to “Crockpot Pork Carnitas”

  1. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 1, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Your photos are stunning. Pork carnitas are my favorite.

  2. Paula - bell'alimento — March 1, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    This is killer!

  3. Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 1, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    I love slow cooker pork, especially with beer. Sounds great!

  4. Carole — March 1, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about Mexican dishes and flavours. I do hope you link this one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

  5. Slow cooker meals are the best and these tacos look wonderful!

  6. Sandy @ RE — March 1, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    That is just so pretty to look at! And I bet the flavor is killer! Another awesome recipe Angie!

  7. Amy Tong — March 1, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    I agree, the gas price these days are getting out of control, again! It’s always more comfortable to dine at home anyway. Wow, these carnitas look wonderful! I say they are even better than those served at restaurants! Can’t wait to try out your recipes. I love the spices you used in here. must be very tasty and flavorful. 😉 Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Diane {Created by Diane} — March 3, 2013 @ 12:54 am

    I love carnitas and these look YUMMY!


  10. Jenn — March 3, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    Whoops. You’d think I never left a comment before. Sorry about that. Anyway, I made this same recipe yesterday!

  11. Carnitas is one of my family’s favorite meals at home. Your version looks great!

  12. Shari-Tickled Red — March 6, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

    Seriously I have been drooling over these all week after repinning them, fabulous!!

  13. I’ve just recently discovered the beauty of crock pot pork. So delicious! These look wonderful Angie!

  14. Jagbeeton — April 25, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    I’m trying this tonight!!

  15. Melissa — July 23, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    This was fantastic! the whole family loved it. even my half vegetarian daughter. She hardly ever enjoys meat.

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