Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Carnitas


Savor the rich flavors of our Tender Temptation: Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Carnitas. This dish is a marvel of slow cooking, where pork is transformed into irresistibly tender, flavorful bites with a spicy twist. Perfect for tacos, burritos, or simply enjoyed on its own, these carnitas promise a fiesta of flavors in every mouthful!

Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Carnitas

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: Approximately 150 g (5.3 oz)

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Sodium: 450 mg
  • Sugar: 1 g


  • 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into large chunks
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for added heat

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Season Pork: Season pork chunks with salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and oregano.
  2. Layer Ingredients: In the slow cooker, place onions and garlic at the bottom. Add seasoned pork on top.
  3. Add Citrus Juices: Pour orange and lime juices over the pork.
  4. Slow Cook: Cover and cook on low for 8 hours until the pork is tender and shreds easily.
  5. Shred and Serve: Remove pork from the slow cooker, shred with forks, and serve as desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Browning for Flavor: For an added depth of flavor, brown the pork chunks in a skillet before adding them to the slow cooker.
  • Citrus Balance: Adjust the amount of orange and lime juice according to your taste preference.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve with warm tortillas, fresh salsa, and a squeeze of lime.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I cook this on high?

Yes, you can cook it on high for 4-5 hours, but low and slow yields the most tender results.

How can I store leftovers?

Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Can I use a different cut of pork?

Pork butt or Boston butt also works well for carnitas.