Thursday, September 20, 2012

Slow Cooker Carnitas

These slow cooker carnitas were just what we needed after a long day of work and class. The entire house was filled with the smell of this goodness when I got home and I could not wait to get dinner ready! It was moist and just flavorful enough, add your favorite toppings and devour!

Slow Cooker Carnitas (Serves 6)
Time: 30min Prep and 7-8hrs Cook


- 4-5lbs Pork Shoulder
- 8oz Beer ( I used Coors Light)
- 15oz Can of Chicken Stock
- 1 Jalapeno, Seeds Removed
- 2 Green Chilies, Seeds Removed
- 4-5 Garlic Gloves
- 1/2 Medium Onion
- 2 Chipotle in Adobo Sauce (Optional)
- 2c Cilantro

- 1 1/2tsp Cumin
- 1tsp Cinnamon
- 1tsp Salt
- 1tsp Adobo Seasoning (Optional)
- 1/2tsp Paprika
- 1/2tsp Onion/Garlic Powder
- 1/4tsp Pepper
- 1/2tsp Coriander
- 1tsp Mexican Oregano

  1. Heat a pan to medium heat. While it heats up, mix together spices for the rub.
  2. Rub spices onto the pork shoulder and brown in the pan.
  3. Add beer, stock, chopped onions, chopped peppers, garlic, chipotle in adobo sauce, and chopped onions into the slow cooker. 
  4. Add your pork and top with 1c of cilantro, close the lid, and forget about it for about 7hours!
  5. When the pork is ready, set it aside on a plate while spooning out the onions, cilantro, and peppers for the sauce. Pour the vegetables and 1 1/2c of liquid into a blender and puree until everything comes together. Discard the rest of the liquid, place the pork back in and top with the sauce. I like to let it sit for about 30mins before shredding the pork.
Serving suggestion: Mince onions with 1/2-1c of chopped cilantro and mix them together with lime juice for the tacos. Serve with sour cream/greek yogurt, salsa, and guacamole.


Abby Raines said...

I love pork carnitas! This version looks delicious and using the slow cooker makes it easier. Love it! Your new follower - Abby from

Eat. Love. and Be Merry. said...

Thank you Abby! Hope you enjoy them, so good and easy to put together and leave all day!

Lynnette Moore said...

Wonderful recipe for pork carnitas, have to try. Nettie

Eat. Love. and Be Merry. said...

Thanks Nettie! They make for a good and easy dinner. Enjoy!