Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe

Find yourself with a 4 pound pork shoulder and don’t know what to do with it? Craving Mexican food? Here is a great dinner idea that will make everyone happy!

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons salt (more or less to taste)

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

4 pound pork shoulder, trim excess fat

4 cloves of garlic, peeled

2 onions, quartered

2 oranges, juiced

2 limes, juiced


In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Season pork shoulder with spice mixture by rubbing it thoroughly on all sides.

Place garlic, onions, orange juice, lime juice and seasoned pork shoulder into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours or 4-5 hours on high.

Remove pork shoulder from the slow cooker and shred the meat before returning to the pot with the juices. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Cover and keep warm for an additional 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to broil. Place carnitas on a baking sheet and broil until crisp and crusted, about 3-4 minutes.

Serve immediately.

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