Slow Cooker Mexican Pork Carnitas


This is a shredded spin on carnitas. In Spanish, carnitas means "little meats." The traditional Mexican dish is typically made from pork, but can also be made from beef. This is a slow-cooked version of the otherwise braised or slow-roasted techniques. Once shredded, the meat is often served with cilantro, onion, salsa, guacamole, refried beans, and tortillas. Serve over cabbage slaw in a soft tortilla.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container chicken stock

  • 1 (3 pound) pork loin, or more to taste

  • 3 tablespoons adobo seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika

  • 1 large white onion, diced

  • 2 tablespoons chipotle paste

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 (14 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 limes, halved

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro


  1. Turn a large slow cooker to High. Pour chicken stock into the cooker and place pork loin in the center. Season pork with adobo, cumin, pepper, and paprika. Place onion, chipotle paste, and bay leaves in the stock around the pork. Place tomatoes and garlic on top of the pork, and squeeze limes directly over top, allowing pulp to fall into the slow cooker. Sprinkle with cinnamon and cloves.

  2. Use a spoon to baste stock over the pork loin, then sprinkle entire surface evenly with cilantro.

  3. Cover and cook on High until pork is slightly pink in the center, about 6 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Use a fork to shred pork.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

266 Calories
11g Fat
12g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 266
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 608mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 14mg 69%
Calcium 107mg 8%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 678mg 14%

* 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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