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Slow Cooker Carnitas. An easy, flavorful, healthy meal made in the crockpot. Tender pork served in your favorite tortilla and topped with a homemade salsa? Gimme! showmetheyummy.com #porkcarnitas #slowcookercarnitas
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Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe

Slow Cooker Carnitas. An easy, flavorful, healthy meal made in the crockpot. Tender pork served in your favorite tortilla and topped with a homemade salsa? Gimme!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: crockpot, easy, pork shoulder
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 382kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth

Equipment

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder fat trimmed as best as possible
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt more to less to taste (I use about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice about 1/2 orange
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice about 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon about 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

Serve with

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together spices, then stir in the oil.
  • Rub half the spice mixture on one side of the pork.
  • Flip over and rub the rest of the spice mixture on the other side.
  • Whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, lemon juice, soy sauce, and vinegar.
  • Grease a crockpot and pour in half of the juice mixture.
  • Place the pork in the crockpot and pour the rest of the juice over the top.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  • Shred pork using two forks.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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Notes

*If you're gluten free, be sure to use a GF soy sauce or tamari instead!
**Nutritional information is for 1/4th of the carnitas mixture, but depending on what you're using it for (salads, tacos, nachos, etc) - it could definitely serve more than 4!

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1234mg | Potassium: 977mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 14.7mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 3.1mg