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The Very Best Slow Cooker Carnitas

This is the best slow cooker carnitas recipe I've had, and I've eaten lots of tacos! We keep coming back to this recipe because it's so tasty and easy! Serve with delicious cilantro-lime coleslaw and easy cilantro lime rice in your meal will be a hit!

4.9 from 14 reviews

Try this recipe for the best slow cooker carnitas! They’re hands-free & so easy to make with just a few ingredients. Perfect for tacos, burritos, taco salad bowls and even leftovers!


  • 1 onion, roughly diced
  • 33 1/2 lb pork shoulder butt/shoulder (bone-in or boneless)
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/21 cup chicken stock or water or beer (how to make homemade chicken stock)


  1. Place the onion evenly on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Place the pork roast on top of the onion.
  3. Add 1/2 cup liquid to the slow cooker.
  4. In a small bowl or a mug, combine all the spices. Sprinkle liberally over the pork shoulder.
  5. Cook the pork on low for 10 hours.
  6. When the meat is done, shred the meat with two forks. Add the remaining 1/2 cup liquid if the pork has not released many juices. Stir to combine and serve.


You can also top with some fresh pico de gallo and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.


Keywords: slow cooker carnitas