Slow Cooker Carnitas

Nothing says fiesta like this Slow Cooker Carnitas recipe. Pull out your slow cooker to finally achieve the perfect results for your favorite Mexican dishes. Whether you use the carnitas to make tamales, burritos, or just eat them on their own with rice and beans, you’ll love the results you’ll see with this simple recipe.

Slow Cooker Carnitas

3 from 8 votes


  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 (4 pound) boneless pork shoulder roast

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 cups chicken broth


  • Mix together salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, and cinnamon in a bowl. Coat pork with the spice mixture. Place the bay leaves in the bottom of a slow cooker and place the pork on top. Pour the chicken broth around the sides of the pork, being careful not to rinse off the spice mixture.
  • Cover and cook on Low until the pork shreds easily with a fork, about 10 hours. Turn the meat after it has cooked for 5 hours. When the pork is tender, remove from slow cooker, and shred with two forks. Use cooking liquid as needed to moisten the meat.

Leave a Comment