Slow Cooker Carnitas from Old El Paso®


Using a slow cooker will create a delicious, authentic dish with very little hands-on time.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
16 tortillas



  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 (1 ounce) package Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix

  • 1 (3 pound) boneless pork shoulder

  • 1 (10 ounce) can Old El Paso® red enchilada sauce

  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can Old El Paso® chopped green chiles, drained

  • 16 (6 inch) Old El Paso® flour tortillas for soft tacos & fajitas

Toppings, as desired:

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup sour cream (Optional)


  1. Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; add onion slices.

  2. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Sprinkle taco seasoning mix over pork shoulder, pressing to coat. Brown pork in oil on all sides; remove from skillet to slow cooker. Pour enchilada sauce on top of pork.

  3. Cover; cook on High heat setting 4 to 5 hours or until tender. Remove pork from slow cooker; shred meat with fork. Place shredded pork in large bowl. Add chiles, 2 cups of the sauce from slow cooker and the onions; stir well.

  4. Spoon pork mixture onto tortillas. Add toppings. Roll up tortillas.


Any leftover carnitas filling is just as delicious the next day on tacos, in enchiladas, or even on pasta!

Play around with different topping to create your favorite carnita!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

554 Calories
34g Fat
34g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 554
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 1075mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 164mg 13%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 374mg 8%

* 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.