Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas – Weeknight Dinner Favorite

We love tacos of any kind.  Really, anything that can be rolled in a tortilla is a winner around here.  And if it can be made in the slow cooker, that’s a double bonus.

These Pork Carnitas in the slow cooker were such a big hit that I know they’ll be served often.  It takes less than 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the crock pot.  Perfect for a busy morning.   The meat can handle an all day cooking, so they’re great for long, busy days too.

I know these are not authentic.  Frankly, authenticity is the last thing on my mind at 8am when I’m loading up the crock pot for dinner.  I bet most of you agree with that.  Once the lid is closed and the dial is turned on, I could do a Mexican Hat Dance around the kitchen I’m so happy to have dinner “done”.

Other than the pork, you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen now.  Here’s what you’ll need: 

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas – Weeknight Dinner Favorite

Yield: 6-8 servings

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas – Weeknight Dinner Favorite


  • 2 1/2 lbs. boneless pork chops, pork roast or tenderloin
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce


  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  3. Shred meat with a fork.
  4. Serve in tortillas with cheese, lettuce and other toppings that you like.


These are wonderful served with lettuce, chopped onion,cilantro and shredded Jack cheese.

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  1. These look great! We don’t eat a lot of pork around here because aside from putting it on the grill, I’m never sure what to do with it. Once school starts I’ll be starting up my second job again and need a few good slow cooker recipes to add to our meal rotation.

  2. We make a variation of this. We leave out the chili powder and use Salsa Verdes, Hernandez is the brand. Learned it from a friend with a Mexican Heritage. During the winter, I will cook it in the oven to warm the house, but during the summer it goes in the crock-pot.

  3. Thanks for this! I never thought to use chops lol! I always think I have to buy a big ol roast and it goes to waste. Great idea! Thanks again!

  4. Made these for dinner tonight!!!! What a hit with the family and the brother in law (he is hard to please). Used the Pork Tenderloin tips that Albertsons had buy 1get 3 free ($22 for 4 pkgs)!!!!!!!! Will be back tomorrow for more pork. Thanks for a easy dinner in the Texas heat!

  5. The chops in the pic are frozen. Did you/can you put them in the crock pot frozen?

  6. I made this last night and enjoyed it. Made lots of good leftovers. We put it in corn tortillas with avocado.

    The one thing I would have done differently is to saute the onion and garlic prior to putting it in the slow cooker. The onion just doesn’t taste good unless its been sauteed.

    I would definitely make again.

  7. mmm, looks good. was wondering if this is spicy?

  8. the only thing I would add is avocado!

  9. Jeannie santiago says:

    I don’t have any taco sauce in the house. Is it okay to leave it out, or does it need the liquid? If so, do you know any alternatives.?


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