Pork Carnitas

This Mexican-inspired meal is an easy crowd-pleaser. Savory pulled pork is served atop crisp corn tortillas and topped with sour cream and salsa in this simple slow-cooker recipe.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (2 pound) boneless pork shoulder roast, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 12 (16 inch) crisp corn tortillas (see Tip)

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

  • cup light dairy sour cream (Optional)

  • cup purchased salsa (Optional)


  1. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Place in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker (see Tip).

  2. To make a bouquet garni, cut a 6-inch square from a double thickness of cheesecloth. Place peppercorns, cumin seeds, garlic, oregano, and bay leaves in center of the cheesecloth square. Bring up corners of the cheesecloth and tie with kitchen string. Add to the slow cooker. Add broth.

  3. Cover and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours or on High for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.

  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the meat from the slow cooker. Discard the bouquet garni and the cooking liquid. Using two forks, coarsely shred the meat; discard any fat. Sprinkle the meat with lime peel and lime juice; toss to mix. Serve atop tortillas. Top with scallions and if desired, sour cream and salsa.


Tips: To crisp the tortillas, coat both sides with cooking spray and bake in a 375 degrees F oven for 10 minutes, turning once, until crisped and lightly brown.

For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Equipment: 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, cheesecloth, kitchen string

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

318 Calories
10g Fat
24g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 318
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 32g 64%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 377mg 16%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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