Total Time
6hrs 5mins
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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add hot chicken broth to crock pot.
  2. Add spices and lime juice to crock pot and mix well into chicken broth.
  3. Add pork to crock pot.
  4. Cover and cook on High for 4 to 6 hours or until most of water is reduced and a thick gravy like sauce forms.
  5. Shred meat and mix into thickened cooking sauces.
Most Helpful

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.

grill2310 August 01, 2011

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.

Autuamnsprite December 06, 2009

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!

938373 August 26, 2010