Crock-Pot Pork Carnitas

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This Crock-Pot pork carnitas make the perfect Mexican inspired dinner without any hard work!

This Crock-Pot pork carnitas is the perfect quick dinner and is a crowd-pleaser!

It’s no secret in this house that dinner isn’t my favorite meal. I don’t even know why really, I’ve just never loved it. In fact, most nights I would be happy with a yogurt and a few chopped veggies. But, I do have a family and the like an actual dinner, so I’ve had to get creative with my simple dinner recipes to keep us all happy.

I love this Crock-Pot pork carnitas because it's so easy to make!

When it comes to simple dinner recipes, the Crock-Pot always comes to forefront of my mind. It makes getting a real meal on the table so much easier. This Crock-Pot pork carnitas is one of our favorites for two reasons, number one, it’s Mecian and we all LOVE Mexican food; and two, it makes the best pork carnitas tacos evah!

This pork carnitas is easy to make in the Crock-Pot and is absolutely delicious!

This pork carnitas recipe is super easy and there’s not a lot of prep; just pop the roast in a greased crock pot, add the chicken broth, spices, and green chilies, cover it and let it go. After a few hours when it’s tender and ready, remove the roast from the Crock-Pot, shred it up, and add in a little of the juice and serve. I usually serve this pork carnitas in corn tortillas topped with black beans and cilantro and a few of us also have fresh tomato.

Make this quick and easy pork carnitas for dinner on busy nights!

And if you’re the kind that needs refried beans with your pork carnitas, might I suggest this recipe for homemade refried beans. Once you make your own refried beans, you’ll never ever go back! Did I mention, they’re super easy too?

As I often tell myself, dinner doesn’t haaaaave to be complicated to be delicious!

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Pork Carnitas

By: Kristine Underwood
An easy weeknight recipe for Crock-Pot pork carnitas that is flavorful and delicious.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 16 tacos
Calories 68 kcal


  • 1 boneless pork roast (I used a pork sirloin tip roast)
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 4- ounce cans diced green chiles
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 can black beans (optional)
  • Fresh salsa (optional)


  • Place pork roast in the bottom of a greased Crock-Pot.
  • Pour chicken broth over top.
  • Sprinkle garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin over the roast.
  • Add diced green chiles.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Using two forks, shred roast into small pieces and stir to combine.
  • Serve meat in tortillas, topping with cilantro and salsa.


Serving: 1 tacoCalories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 6.5gProtein: 7.2gFat: 1.4gSaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 155mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 0.4g
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  1. Yummy! These look delicious! I love slow cooked Mexican, it always brings out the flavours so well and they taste so much more satisfying!

    1. Thank you so much Cliona! I completely agree, the slow cooker is so wonderful for enhancing and blending flavors. 🙂

  2. Mark, Compass & Fork says:

    Love the slow cooker pork carnitas! And I agree that anything Mexican is healthy and delicious. I do however prefer corn tortillas rather than wheat tortillas. My wife is gluten free but also I prefer the taste of them. Lovely recipe.

    1. Thank you so much, Mark! I’m with you there, I love corn tortillas myself. Have you made your own? They’re so yummy!

  3. I wish that I’d be happy with yogurt and a few chopped vegetables at the end of the day! This carnita recipe is just the thins for the cold WI winter! Love the easiness and simplicity.

  4. I love tortillas with any filling. They’re one of my favorite meals. These look really tasty, I’ve never had carnitas before, but this should be a great place to start.

    1. Oh yes Silvia, you should try definitely give it a try! I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables says:

    This is such a good reminder that I need to get my crock pot out more often! I never think it use it but it definitely makes dinner SO easy!

  6. I love easy crock pot meals like this, they make dinner prep so easy! Your Pork Carnitas look delicious. Love the spices you have used!

    1. Thank you so much, April! I totally agree, the Crock-Pot is the best!

  7. I seriously love my crock pot, especially during the winter. My family loves carnitas as well and cooking it low and slow is the only way to go! These sound delicious!

    1. Ohmygosh me too Amy! I couldn’t live without it, haha! Thank you so much!