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Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork – Slow Cooker) – Spend With Pennies

This easy slow cooker pork carnitas recipe makes the best pulled pork carnitas ever. We love making this easy Mexican recipe for taco night! #spendwithpennies #carnitas #pork #porkcarnitas


  • 3-4 lbs pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion quartered, or two small
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 large navel oranges
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Cut the pork shoulder into large chunks (about 3"). Season with salt and pepper. Heat a large pan and add olive oil. Brown the pork in small batches.
  • Using a vegetable peeler, peel 4-5 strips of rind off the oranges and 3 strips off the lime. Juice the oranges and lime.
  • Place pork, citrus juices, peels and spices in the slow cooker with chicken broth and onion.
  • Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8 hours until the pork is fork tender. Discard bay leaf.
  • Turn the oven on to broil. Pull the pork into large chunks and place in a single layer on a large pan. Spoon a little bit of juice on top.  Broil 4-5 minutes or until crisp. Stir and add a ladle a little bit more broth. Broil an additional 5 minutes.
  • Spoon juices from the slow cooker over the pork.
  • Serve in tortillas with your favorite toppings.

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