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Easy Slow-Cooker Carnitas

COOK TIME
8 hrs
PREP TIME
10 mins
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(63)
Slow-Cooker Carnitas Recipe
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COOK TIME
8 hrs
PREP TIME
10 mins
RATE THIS RECIPE
(63)

Ingredients

  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 4-to 5-pound boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 large red onion, sliced into rounds
  • 3 large garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 3 navel oranges)
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Chef notes

Make a beautiful taco spread any night of the week with this incredibly easy, moist carnitas recipe. Cooking the pork in the slow-cooker with warm spices like cumin, chili and garlic infuses the meat with vibrant flavors. A cup of orange juice adds just the right amount of acidity to help break down the meat until its melty and shreds to perfection. 

While this simple Mexican-inspired slow-cooker recipe is perfect for tacos, it shines beautifully in burritos, lettuce wraps, as a topping for nachos or as the main protein in a grain bowl. Whatever speaks to you, make sure to use one of the kitchen's best timesavers for crispy-edged yet tender carnitas.

 

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Preparation

1.

Stir the salt, oregano, cumin and chili powder together in a bowl. 

2.

Rub the pork shoulder with the spice blend.

3.

Line the bottom of the slow cooker with the onion and garlic, and pour in the orange juice.

4.

Place the pork in the slow cooker.

5.

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

6.

With tongs, carefully remove the pork from the slow cooker and transfer the pieces to a rimmed baking sheet.

7.

Chop the pork or pull apart with your fingers into bite-size chunks.

Slow-Cooker Carnitas recipe
Casey Barber
8.

Serve as a filling for tacos or burritos. Leftover carnitas can be reheated in a skillet until the edges are crispy.

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