Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
Get ready to savor the essence of Mexican cuisine, with this Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas recipe—one delectable bite at a time.
These Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas are made with all natural ingredients and taste alarmingly similar to authentic Pork Carnitas, without being submerged in lard. The best part? Your trusty slow cooker does all the hard work for you, simmering the meat to perfection while you go about your day. And, it stores well in the fridge or freezer. Whether you’re planning a festive gathering or simply craving a flavorful family dinner, our Pork Carnitas will transport you to the vibrant streets of Mexico without leaving your kitchen.
This recipe is one you can feel good about serving your family throughout the week or making in big batches to serve at gatherings. It’s the perfect standby for game-day sliders or when hosting a Taco-Inspired Fiesta.
We’re always looking for ways to reduce time in the kitchen and simplify healthy eating, especially throughout the week. While this meal is super simple to toss together, it can be prepped ahead to save on time.
- Wash, de-stem or chop desired taco toppings in advance.
- Add all the slow cooker ingredients to your slow cooker dish, cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, cook as directed.
- Instead of fully preparing your carnitas in the slow cooker, you also have the option to mix all the dry rub ingredients and store them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag on your kitchen counter to quickly and efficiently season the meat in the morning.
What’s the best way to serve carnitas?
You can enjoy carnitas in tacos, quesadillas, burritos, carnitas burrito bowls, enchiladas, sliders, taco soup, in a Cuban sandwich, on top of red rice or just serve it up by itself!
Our absolute FAVORITE way to eat carnitas
In a fresh homemade tortilla, topped with chopped onion, cilantro, avocado, salsa and a little fresh-squeezed lime juice, YUM!
Toppings to complement your carnitas:
- Limes (a MUST)
- Shredded lettuce
- Shredded red cabbage
- Diced onion
- Diced tomatoes
- Sliced avocado, Guacamole or Mashed Avocado Spread
- Finely chopped jalapeños
- Grated cheddar cheese or queso fresco
- Greek yogurt (a wonderful substitute for sour cream)
- Hot sauce (we LOVE to add flavor with an array of hot sauces)
- Black beans
If you prefer crunchy carnitas
Don’t skip this step if you want the BEST carnitas outside of Mexico. You can pan-fry or broil your shredded meat until it’s crunchy and browned.
What’s the best way to store leftovers?
If you foresee yourself having leftovers, shred the pork but don’t crisp it in the broiler. Drizzle the meat with juice and refrigerate or keep pork and juice separate and freeze for up to 3 months.
A few creative ways to reuse your leftovers:
- As a tasty bagel pizza topping (toast half of a bagel, top it with a tablespoon of tomato sauce, finely chopped onion, carnitas and your favorite cheese).
- Tossed in scrambled eggs. We’ll throw anything in scrambled eggs. It’s literally one of the BEST ways to mix and match leftovers! (scramble your eggs with some cherry tomatoes, chopped green peppers, spinach and carnitas. Top with avocado slices and BAM! You’ve got yourself an amazing brekki!)
- Layered in a flavorful Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Casserole.
- In a bowl with your favorite ingredients.
Did you make this recipe?
If you make this Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe, we would love to hear how it turned out! Leave a comment below sharing what your friends and family thought of it. We love hearing from you and your ideas inspire us all! Don’t forget to tag @fullforlifegal on Instagram so we can admire your masterpiece! 🌟
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