Slow Cooker Carnitas


This slow cooker carnitas recipe is easy to prep and makes a great filling for tamales, enchiladas, tacos, and burritos. This filling is also great combined with your favorite barbecue sauce and served on buns.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 10 mins


  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon crumbled dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 (4 pound) boneless pork shoulder roast

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 cups chicken broth


  1. Mix salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, and cinnamon together in a bowl; coat pork with spice mixture. Place bay leaves in the bottom of a slow cooker and arrange pork on top. Pour chicken broth around the sides of pork, being careful not to rinse off spice mixture.

  2. Cover and cook on Low, turning after 5 hours, until pork shreds easily with a fork, about 10 hours in total.

  3. When the pork is tender, remove from the slow cooker; shred with two forks. Use cooking liquid as needed to moisten the meat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

223 Calories
14g Fat
1g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 223
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 474mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 290mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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