Let the crock pot do all the work for these easy and amazingly delicious Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas!
I had the best birthday! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I went whale watching on Sunday with my family. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do! I was thrilled when we saw a bunch of different whales and we were able to get right up near them! It was amazing.
Overall, the weekend was perfect. My husband and I stayed at a local hotel and enjoyed the Southern California weather at the pool and the beach, totally kid-free! We ate out at new restaurants and even saw a movie, Saving Mr. Banks. I loved it! Thanks mom for watching our boys!
Now it’s back to real life. Kids in school, piano lessons, projects due, baseball starting, yada yada. There’s always so much going on!
For me, the hardest time of day is at about 5pm. I feel like everything collides and I end up having grumpy big kids and grumpy little kids, no husband home from work to help, and dinner that needs to be made all at the exact same time!
I try to plan my meals ahead of time so I’m not stressed over what to make when the time comes. These pork carnitas are one of the easiest meals you can make.
You can just throw all the ingredients into the crock pot. There’s no browning needed and just a little chopping needs to be done beforehand. Let it cook for 6-8 hours, shred the meat and place onto tortillas to serve. Easy peasy. Happy, full kids and happy mom that can get on with her stress-free night. And who doesn’t love tacos?!
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
- 1 3-4 lb. pork shoulder butt roast
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 2 4-oz cans green chilies
- 1 10-oz can green verde enchilada sauce
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 bunch green onions sliced or chopped
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- tortillas for serving
- toppings such as red onion, cilantro, tomatoes, etc.
- Place roast in a large crock pot. Sprinkle with cumin, garlic, salt and pepper.
- Pour the green chilies, green sauce and chicken broth around the roast. Add in the green onions and chopped cilantro.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
- Remove roast when tender and shred with two forks and return to slow cooker. Spoon about 2/3 cup meat onto tortillas and serve with toppings. Enjoy!
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Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
Ahhh I totally agree! Except I only have one kid… and she expects dinner right when we walk in the door. This is why I love my Crock Pot. Can’t wait to try these!
Jaw dropped! I’m officially speechless. Carnitas is probably the one thing I can’t say no to- even over cake. YUM!!!! I’m heading to your place for dinner.
Becky @ lovetobeinthekitchen says
This looks so good Jen! Pinned it so I can remember to make it! I am glad you had such a fun and relaxing weekend. We loved Saving Mr. Banks too.
All lovely recipes. Thanks Jen. Don’t let the kids run you ragged.
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
Love these, Jen! I’m crazy for carnitas, and your photos make this version look so good!
Delicious! Thanks for the recipe!!
misty childress says
Love love love carnitas! Having this tomorrow night!
Christine @ idigpinterest.blogspot.com says
These look absolutely perfect, Jen! Thank goodness for the crockpot! I’ll be making this soon. Glad you had a great birthday!
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Glad you had a good birthday, Jen! Sounds like lots of fun…..time away from the kiddos always feels like a wonderful break 🙂 And now…..back to reality 🙂 Thanks for sharing this great slow cooker recipe – can’t wait to try it!
Thanks for this – I love my crockpot, but I am so tired of the usual pot roast & stews I end up making during the winter months.
So glad to hear you had a great time on your birthday Jen 🙂 Love carnitas and this one looks so good and love that you made it in the slow cooker.
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These look delicious! I’ll have to add these into our Mexican night rotation.
I LOVE carnitas but I’ve never attempted to make it at home. Those tacos look amazing! I must try. Pinning this!
Starla J says
Yum! thank you for sharing.
Thanks for reading! I hope you try these carnitas, they’re really yummy!