Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas are an easy way to make this yummy dish! It’s the perfect way to have a fresh, homemade dinner when you don’t have a lot of time in the evenings!
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I have been making pork carnitas for a few months now and I will admit that I have been using someone else’s recipe that I found on Pinterest every time. I honestly had no idea what pork carnitas really involved, but, it always felt like something was missing to me. After a little researching and tinkering I came up with my own version of Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas! This is yet another super easy, yet delicious meal. You pretty much throw everything in your slow cooker and forget about until right before dinner time (you will have to prep your toppings at some point though).
I made this on a night that my dad and aunt were going to be over for dinner. I always have to make more than your typical family of four as it is, so with company coming, pork was the only meat I had enough of for everyone!
I told them what I would be making, knowing this isn’t the type of food they usually eat (they are more meat and potatoes kinda people), but they said it sounded good. During dinner, however, they informed me that they thought they weren’t going to like what I was making and that they would have to stop at McDonald’s afterwards!
I don’t think they really knew what pork carnitas were! They both enjoyed it, no one had fast food crap afterwards, and my mom even requested that I send her this recipe because my dad raved about how good it was! So, when my increasingly picky 8-year-old likes what I make for dinner as well as my meat and potatoes dad, I call that…success!!
I wanted the recipe to have a little bit of traditional (oregano, orange and bay) mixed with a little bit of modern (cumin, lime, jalapeno) flavors. Pork carnitas would not traditionally be made in a slow cooker, but for busy families, I think it works out great! Let me know what you think if you make these!