Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Lynn Miller
Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
6 Hours
Serves 8

How to Make It

Sprinkle pork with salt, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Place in a slow cooker along with onion and garlic. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender and falling apart, about 6 hours. Shred pork and serve hot.

Chef's Notes

This recipe also appeared in the February 2010 issue.

Ratings & Reviews

My first slow cooker recipe!

December 20, 2016
I love this recipe I also added chicken broth to it as suggested by one of the other reviews I love it. Thanks for sharing.

April 08, 2016
This recipe does not say tortillas anywhere. It has a picture of them, but it is a recipe for Carnitas not tacos.

jambes5678's Review

April 15, 2013

lucasweesen's Review

November 03, 2012
This was fantastic! Had it on low for 6 1/2 hours, it was perfectly tender. I was out of cumin so had to use coriander, which worked out fine. Served it on tortillas with sliced avocado, tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, and fresh squeezed lime juice. Great value, made 14 tacos worth, and our picky eater boys even loved them!

Erica86's Review

June 11, 2012
My family loved it although I added a couple cups of chicken broth and discarded after the meat was done. It was so good we didn't even have left overs!!!

smhsbn2005's Review

April 20, 2012
I wish I could give this 10 stars!! It was sooooooo good and easy!!!! I put it on some yellow corn tortillas with cheese, salsa, sour cream, and fresh chopped cilantro and it was SO flavorful and delicious. And my 3 year old loved it, he kept sneaking pieces of pork while I was shredding it. The pork cook perfectly after 5-1/2 hours (I turned it on medium instead of low) and it just fell apart and melted in your mouth. You could even use this recipe for the pork and put it over rice or with veggies too.

thejoyofcooking's Review

April 06, 2012
I have made this recipe several times. It's so easy, and provides great leftovers for the rest of the week. My husband loves this dish! I serve the carnitas with pico de gallo and spanish rice. Then, I use all these leftovers to make carnitas burritos for the rest of the week.

pockings's Review

March 19, 2012
Easy carnitas recipe. Turned out very well.

Tammy98's Review

October 27, 2011
Awesome could use a little more heat.

mamiof3's Review

October 12, 2011
My first time ever making this and it turned out amazingly delicious. The hunny loved as well as the kids, and this will def be a meal that I will be making again and often. The best part is how easy and inexpensive it was.