Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

The easiest recipe for pork carnitas ever!  Tender and flavorful pieces of crispy pork that just melt in your mouth.  So easy and effortless, you can celebrate Taco Tuesday any day of the week.

Course Entree
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 325 kcal
Author: Karrie | Tasty Ever After


  • 4 pounds of a well marbled boneless pork butt , preferably farm raised and grass-fed
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 medium fresh garlic cloves , peeled and minced
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 whole fresh lime , juiced

Optional accompaniments: fresh chopped cilantro, diced onions, salsa and guacamole

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    1. Cut the pork into large 4 inch pieces and place them in the bottom of a slow cooker/crock pot.
    2. In a small bowl, mix together the chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle mixture over the pork pieces and add the minced garlic. Using a spoon or hands, coat the pork with the spices and the garlic . Pour the beer and lime juice all over the seasoned pork. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.

    3. Preheat the oven broiler. Remove the cooked pork pieces from the slow cooker and place on a large baking sheet (can cover with foil to make clean up easy!). Using two forks, gently pull apart or shred the large pork pieces and spread out across the baking sheet. Place under the preheated broiler until pork turns crispy on one side. Remove and serve immediately.

    4. To serve: stack 1 or 2 warmed corn tortillas on top of each other, fill with the desired amount of shredded pork and top with favorite accompaniments.
    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 325 Calories from Fat 117
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 13g20%
    Saturated Fat 4g20%
    Cholesterol 136mg45%
    Sodium 618mg26%
    Potassium 841mg24%
    Carbohydrates 3g1%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Protein 43g86%
    Vitamin A 610IU12%
    Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
    Calcium 57mg6%
    Iron 3.7mg21%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.