Crockpot Pork Carnitas

Meaghan: "Turned out great... highly recommend the broiler…" Read More


  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 pounds pork shoulder
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 12 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
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    Sodium33% DV780mg
    Fat18% DV12g
    Protein67% DV34g
    Carbs2% DV5g
    Fiber4% DV<1g
    Calories270Calories from Fat110
    Total Fat12g18%
    Saturated Fat3.5g18%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat110
    Total Carbohydrate5g2%
    Dietary Fiber<1g4%
    Vitamin A4%
    Vitamin C25%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Meaghan a month ago
    Turned out great... highly recommend the broiler step to get the ends nice and crispy. May have poured too much sauce on before the broiler step because it took 15 minutes to crisp up in our oven. Husband agreed with other reviews that the cinnamon was strong but I couldn’t taste it. Made it so I could have lunch leftovers to bring to work ... making burrito bowls for leftovers. We had it for dinner in soft shell tacos. Could see this going well over salad as well!
    Anna 2 months ago
    Holy moly! This was by far the best carnitas I’ve ever had. I added more cumin because we love cumin. I also added all of the ingredients into the crock pot insert the night before so all I had to do in the morning was open the fridge, pull it out, and place it in the heating unit on low. When I got home it was boiling, so I opened the lid and pulled the meat. It was so tender, I didn’t need to pull the meat out of the crockpot! Then I left the lid off and let it boil for another hour before pulling the meat out and placing it under the broiler on low for about 6 minutes. My husband said this was a keeper and we will be enjoying this at least twice a month.
    Amy S. 2 months ago
    I’ve made this twice and have been so pleased with the taste. 2nd time made for company and got rave reviews on tenderness. I did not do the carnitas broiler step the 2nd time around. It is delicious both ways. The carnitas was nice for a crisper chewier element to rice bowls.
    Janice Frazier 3 months ago
    I loved it! Delicious and will make it again 💙
    Leah Hughes 3 months ago
    Yum, the whole family liked it. Putting it in the broiler on high for 10 minutes really was the finishing touch.
    Garate 4 months ago
    It turned out awesome!!!
    honeybun23 5 months ago
    Definitely a keeper recipe. Next time I will add more of the seasoning
    Brionna 5 months ago
    I would add more seasoning to it, but other than that it was good.
    Rick Amos 6 months ago
    This does have great flavour. I added a small chilli cause I like the heat. Served with Mexican slaw with cilantro lime dressing and sriracha Yummy
    Kahler 6 months ago
    Nice flavor and even pleased my 13 year old!
    Deanna 6 months ago
    The pork was super tender and just fell apart. The seasoning was perfect. I will definitely make again.
    Matt 6 months ago
    Great pork carnitas recipe. Simple to make, and taste terrific. Wouldn’t change anything.
    Jen 6 months ago
    Turn out great, definitely adding this one to the rotation!! Wouldn’t change a thing
    Alma 7 months ago
    AMAZING Would not change a thing
    Hannah Griffin 8 months ago
    so good! I put in the rind of one of the oranges and one of the limes and it turned out amazing. my husband couldn't stop talking about how good it was. definitely making this again!
    Melissa P. 8 months ago
    This is great, I love it! One of the few recipes I don't change at all. I do, however, recommend that you use Mexican oregano instead of regular. It's smokier and just preferable.
    Angie Mays 8 months ago
    So delicious! didn't change anything. served on tortillas with a little cheese and fresh pico de gallo. really tender
    Ptoli W. 9 months ago
    This is delicious and easy to make. I add a garnish of cilantro on top with some crumbled queso. Keep in mind that this recipe makes a lot, so it is good for a big family(or hungry teenagers) or having people over for dinner. It also freezes well, so no worries if you're not making it for a lot of people.
    Leslie a year ago
    Fabulous! This is now in our regular dinner rotation. Even my picky daughter loves it!
    Brandt a year ago
    Easy, tender and very tasty! Will make this again for sure.
    Anne Boyer a year ago
    Awesome flavor and super easy to make
    Dan Pagani a year ago
    this is awesome. i used brown sugar in mine and i think that made it a lot better too. bbq pork tacos for lunch all week
    Stacy a year ago
    Definitely a keeper. Loved no advanced steps before throwing it in the crockpot
    cs604 a year ago
    delicious! however i deviated from the recipe by using a diff. cooking method. to save time, i used an instant pot. first, seared all sides of the marinated pork (on saute), then poured in all the liquids and garlic and cooked by pressing the "meat" button on high pressure for 30 min. (on sealing). turned out great! next time..I'd prefer less or even no salt.
    Edgell a year ago
    Added a jalapeno, replaced the limes and pepper with lemon pepper (only because i didnt want to go to the store). Now, how do you make tortillas...?
    Tyler Steinhause a year ago
    Great! Broiled it a bit too long but still turned out great the flavor was awesome I let it sit overnight in the crockpot
    Derrick a year ago
    This was a quick and easy dish to make. Actually I had my 14 year old son make it and it turned out wonderful
    Cindy C. a year ago
    great Loved the flavor
    Seann O. 2 years ago
    Excellent! And easy. Tastes incredible- used tortillas and made them into Tacos and burritos with guacamole
    Marina 2 years ago
    It was so good! Definitely going to make it again.