Prep 5 mins
Cook 6 hrs
This is an easy way to make delicious Carnitas (Mexican style shredded pork) in a crock pot. Serve with flour or corn tortillas, taco chips, refried beans, salsa, shredded cheese, etc.
- 3 lbs pork shoulder or 3 lbs pork butt
- 4 cups chicken broth, hot
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder, medium hot
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- Add hot chicken broth to crock pot.
- Add spices and lime juice to crock pot and mix well into chicken broth.
- Add pork to crock pot.
- Cover and cook on High for 4 to 6 hours or until most of water is reduced and a thick gravy like sauce forms.
- Shred meat and mix into thickened cooking sauces.
Originally from California and can't find any decent Carnitas where I live in Connecticut. These are very good Carnitas, the only modification I made was to pull them apart with a fork into smaller pieces and then put in the oven, under the broiler, to crisp them up. They turned out great.
I love this recipe. The seasonings are perfect and the meat is tender and juicy and delicious. The only problem I have with the instructions is: with a crockpot you're going to get moisture, so there is no way to have a thick sauce, or the sauces thicken with adding four cups of broth in the first step. I'm going to try reducing the juices in a stockpot on the stove. Having said that, it's still one of my favorite recipes and I make if often.
I have tried so many different carnitas recipes in hopes of getting that crispy, flavorful meat and some were okay but this one is the best!! I was a little hesitant about it because I like to use fresh onions and garlic usually, but something about all the seasonings in this came together perfectly! I ended up sauteeing some onions and bell peppers, fajita style on the stove anyway, and served with all the fixings like at Chipotle. SO GOOD! Also, to get that "crispiness" I took the meat from the crockpot and shredded it in an oven safe dish, then drizzled a little sauce from the pot and some granulated splenda over the top. I broiled for about 5 minutes. For the meat I used pork tenderloins and pork chops for a leaner version, and it was still so juicy and tender. My favorite so far!