Slow Cooker Carnitas

Slow Cooker Carnitas

The slow cooker does all the work for you. Just set it up in the morning and come back to a perfectly cooked meal. The spices create a rich, aromatic experience that’s both comforting and exotic. It’s like taking a culinary trip to Mexico without leaving home. Carnitas can be served in so many ways – tacos, burritos, salads or even on their own. It’s the recipe that keeps on giving.


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (4lb) boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups chicken stock

Method of preparation:

Rub the spice mixture all over the pork shoulder.

Place the bay leaves in the bottom of the slow cooker and place the seasoned pork on top.

In a small bowl, combine the salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander and cinnamon.

Pour the chicken stock over the pork.

Cover and cook on a low heat for 8-10 hours or on a high heat for 4-5 hours, until the pork is tender and easily shredded.

Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks.

For added texture, crisp the shredded pork in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown.

Enjoy your carnitas in tacos, burritos or bowls with your favourite toppings.

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