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Perfect Crockpot Carnitas

Pork Carnitas Recipe (Crockpot Cooked Carnitas)

You can’t beat this easy recipe for homemade carnitas, perfect for tacos!

  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 34 pounds pork shoulder roast
  • 15 ounces green taco sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 sweet onion sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk (Do not add to crockpot.)
  • 1012 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.


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.


  • Author: Andi Gleeson
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 360
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Mexican