Crock Pot Carnitas

Carnitas, a dish of slow-cooked pork originating from the Mexican state of Michoacán, has gained international popularity over time. Their humble beginnings can be traced back to rural Mexico, where carnitas were typically prepared for large family gatherings and celebrations. The dish was traditionally cooked in large copper pots, or “coppers,” which translates perfectly to the modern crockpot. The rise of fast-casual dining in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, exemplified by restaurants such as Food Truck Avenue. Today, carnitas are a beloved part of international cuisine, savored by food lovers worldwide and inspiring innovative culinary fusions.

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  • 2 White Onions
  • 4oz Hatch Green Chilis
  • 2 Navel Oranges
  • 8 Pieces Peeled Garlic (3 cloves)
  • 5lbs Pork Butt
  • 2 Limes
  • 12oz Dr. Pepper
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 C Dark Chili Powder
  • 1/2 C Cayanne Pepper
  • 1/4 C Black Pepper
  • 1/4 C Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 C Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 C Sea Salt
@foodtruckave Easy Crockpot Carnitas Recipe!! This pork came out so deliciously sweet and tangy. About 20 minutes prep time and then 10-12 hours cook time. Instacart link in bio to buy all the ingredients! #easyrecipesathome #crockpotdinner #carnitas #easydinnerideas ♬ Out thë way – sped up version – Yeat sped up


Step 1: Mis en Place
  • Quarter 2 oranges, but don’t peel
  • Cut 2 onions in half, and julienne strip 1/4in
Step 2: Place Vegetables in Crockpot
  • Add 4oz can of Green Chilis
  • Add Onions
  • Add Oranges
  • Add 6 Cloves Garlic
Step 3: Make Your Rub
  • Combine the following spices in your bowl and mix evenly.
    • 1/2 C Dark Chili Powder, 1/2 C Cayanne Pepper, 1/4 C Black Pepper, 1/4 C Garlic Salt, 1/4 C Brown Sugar,1/4 C Sea Salt
  • Coat Pork Butt in Oil
  • Sprinkle meat rub seasoning over oiled pork butt and rub thoroughly
  • Place pork in crockpot
Step 4: Seal Your Crockpot
  • Add 12oz of Doctor Pepper
  • Sprinkle extra meat seasoning over crockpot for added spice.
  • Turn crockpot onto low heat setting for 10 hours and walk away
Step 5: Finishing Touches
  • Now that your meat is cooked, pull it out of crockpot
  • Shred meat by hand removing excess fat from pork.
  • Once Shredded quarter 2 limes and squeeze juice over pork
Step 6: Eat!
  • What are you waiting for….Enjoy!