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Carnitas (Mexican Pork)

Slow Cooker Carnitas (Mexican Pork)

This slow-cooked, Carnitas recipe falls apart in shreds. Perfect for filling tacos, burritos, and nachos! Make it in the oven or crockpot.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword carnitas, carnitas recipe, Mexican Pork
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 324kcal
Author Lauren Brennan


  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1 1/2 lb. pork roast
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 1/4 cups green enchilada sauce good quality


  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees or turn on crockpot to medium. Preheat oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
  • Saute onions for 2 minutes or until they start becoming translucent. Pour in minced garlic and cook another minute.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper over pork liberally. Push onions and garlic to the edges of the pan and sear meat on all sides until brown.
  • Transfer entire contents of the pan into a baking dish with high sides. Pour enchilada sauce over top, cover with foil and bake for 2-3 hours or until meat is fork-tender. Shred pork and serve in tacos, burritos, on nachos, etc.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 734mg | Potassium: 656mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1.4mg