Mexican Crock Pot Pork Carnitas |

Mexican Crockpot Pork Carnitas

  • Author: Kristen Stevens | The Endless Meal
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 generous servings 1x
  • Category: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This easy to make Mexican Crockpot Pork Carnitas recipe is super delicious and incredibly versatile. You will LOVE it!



  • 1 large orange, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 medium onion, finely minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste (about 1/2 a can)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 lb. pork butt (pork shoulder) or boneless pork ribs (see notes)


  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the pork, in your crockpot and mix together well. Lay the pork on top and turn your crockpot to low. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. When the pork is tender, gently shred it using 2 forks. Pull the pork against the grain to get long strips of meat. Mix the shredded pork with the sauce in the crockpot.
  3. Preheat your oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Transfer the pulled pork to the prepared baking sheet and spread it out so that it’s in a thin layer.
  5. Broil in the oven for 15-20 minutes, mixing halfway through until the pork is crispy in many spots.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve on sandwiches, in tacos, burritos or as a side with some potatoes and salad.


I love to use boneless pork ribs in this recipe as I find they are the most flavorful. Pork butt or shoulder also work well.

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