Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

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Watch on You Tube: Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

It’s time to Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana! This Slow Cooker Pork Carnita recipe is a perfect menu addition for Cinco de Mayo (May 5). Read below for some easy Cinco de Mayo party tips. The carnita recipe is easy: simply prepare it in the morning (or night before and then store in the refrigerator overnight), set your slow cooker on 8 hours, and get ready for the food fiesta…

Cinco de Mayo party tips

Some items you might stock up on to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo…

  • Tortilla chips
  • Salsa
  • Pork carnitas
  • Churros
  • Piñata (best done outside – and supervise kids for safety)
  • Sombrero
  • Maracas
  • Mexican music playlist (Mexican mariachi music perhaps?)
  • Brightly coloured napkins (yellow and red)
  • Centrepiece: bowl overflowing with red, green, and yellow peppers
  • Mexican wrestling masks are optional


Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Serves: 6-8
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes


  • 1 large orange (squeezed)
  • 1 medium sized onion (chopped)
  • 1 lime (squeezed)
  • .795kg (1.75 lbs) pork shoulder capicola
  • 2 to 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder (optional)
  • Ground pepper and sea salt (to taste)
  • ½ cup water

Cooking Instructions

  1. Squeeze orange and lime. Place in slow cooker.
  1. Add in chopped onion.
  1. *wash your hands before and after handling raw meat*
  1. Place pork shoulder on top of onion and juice mixture.
  1. Sprinkle garlic, oregano, chili (optional), salt and pepper onto top and sides of pork.
  1. Add in water – be careful to pour water around pork and not on top (it will wash off the spices).
  1. Cover with lid.
  1. Set crock pot to 8 hrs.
  1. Once cooked. Take out pork and place on cutting board.
  1. Drain liquid (keeping onions to mix with pork).
  1. Using two forks, pull pork apart until it is shredded.
  1. Return to crock pot and mix with onions.
  1. Serve warm as a side or as a filling for wraps and/or sandwiches.

Serve with cooked rice, corn, and/or black beans. Store leftovers (if there are any!) in an airtight container in the fridge .

Pork carnitas are a fun addition to a Cinco de Mayo celebration… as well as an easy recipe to incorporate into your monthly meal plan. The pork shoulder capicola cut is one of the more budget friendly cuts – making this meal is low cost with high flavour.



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