Crock Pot 'carnitas'

Recipe by mariposa13
READY IN: 8hrs 20mins


  • 1 12 - 2
    lbs pork tenderloin, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1
    medium onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1
    fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 4
    slices orange rind, from half an orange (optional)
  • 1
    (12 ounce) can Mr Pibb soda or (12 ounce) can Coca-Cola
  • 16
    fajita-size flour tortillas
  • Pico de gallo Ingredients
  • 1
    large tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 1
    medium onion, finely chopped
  • 12
    jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped, to taste
  • 12
    cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1
    tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • salt and pepper


  • Combine pork, onion, jalapeno, orange peel and soda in a crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Uncover and shred the meat using 2 forks.
  • Serve on flour tortillas and top with pico de gallo, if desired.
  • For Pico de Gallo:
  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use; Makes 1 1/2 cups.
  • Note: Also, up to 2 teaspoons each of fresh minced garlic and dried oregano can be added to taste.
  • The carnitas can be served rolled into flour tortillas or in taco shells.
  • Topping options include pico de gallo, guacamole or shredded cheese with a bit of taco sauce.