Perfect Crockpot Carnitas Recipe
You can’t beat this easy recipe for homemade carnitas, perfect for tacos!
Servings Prep Time
6 10minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6 10minutes
Cook Time
Perfect Crockpot Carnitas Recipe
  • 3-4pounds pork shoulder roast,
  • 15ounces green taco sauce,
  • 4cloves garlic,minced
  • 1/2 sweet onion,sliced
  • 1tablespoon chili powder,
  • 2teaspoons dried oregano,
  • 2teaspoons cumin,
  • 2teaspoons kosher salt,
  • 1/2teaspoons cayenne pepper,or to taste
  • 1cup water,
  • 1/2cup milk,(Do not add to crockpot.)
  • 10-12 small tortillas,(Corn and whole wheat blend tortillas are my current fav.)
  1. Cut roast into 3-4 large pieces. Pierce meat all over with a knife.
  2. Stir together taco sauce, garlic, onion, chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, cayenne, and water. Add pork pieces, and spoon liquid over the meat to coat all sides.
  3. Cover crockpot and cook on high 6-8 hours or low 8-10 hours, until meat shreds easily.
  4. When meat is done, preheat oven to 275 degrees. Take pork out of the slow cooker and shred on a large-rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or a baking mat to make cleanup easier. Discard any large pieces of fat. (Leave most of the onion behind, but it’s OK if some is incorporated with the meat.)
  5. Pour ½ cup of cooking liquid and ½ cup of milk over shredded pork. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes until brown and crispy. Remove meat for serving with tongs to leave excess fat behind.
  6. Serve with tortillas, finely shredded cabbage, guacamole or avocado, and green salsa.
Recipe Notes
  • Suggested condiments: Finely shredded cabbage, guacamole or sliced avocado, and green salsa.
  • Are you a fan of the old version? Just make these simple changes:
    • Substitute a 16 oz. jar of green salsa for the taco sauce and a 15 oz. can of beef broth for the water.
    • Substitute 1 tbsp. of onion powder for the fresh onion and 1 tsp. garlic powder for the fresh garlic.

Adapted from Carnitas by Honey Pickles.