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Crock Pot Carnitas

This is probably my best crock pot or slow cooker recipe.  My husband asks me to make carnitas all the time.  Carnitas are absolutely delicious and I thought I would share this since Cinco de Mayo is coming up!

Carnitas Ingredients

1 Pork shoulder butt roast 2-5 lbs bone in or boneless is fine

half a jar of Herdez Salsa Verde

2 tbsp Tapatio

1/2 c lemon or lime juice

4 bay leaves

1 whole jalapeño

2 tsp ground cumin


Place pork roast in crock pot and add all ingredients on top of the meat.  Set crock pot to cook on low for 8 hours or longer, do not exceed 12 hours.When ready to serve, use a pair of tongs to shred the meat.  Then strain the meat before serving.  Some people like to crisp their carnitas under the broiler for a few minutes.  Remove jalapeño and bay leaves.

I like to serve mine with black beans and guacamole on a warm tortilla.
Try this out for Cinco de Mayo or anytime for a delicious and frugal meal.

16 thoughts on “Crock Pot Carnitas

      1. Do you think I would be able to double up the recipe in a lg crock pot and it still cook thoroughly?

      2. last question I think, how many oz is the salsa verde? I only found cans, not jars. and since im doubling up, I wanna make sure I put enough! Thanks!

  1. Hello! What is Herdez green sauce? Is it a spicy sauce? What can I substitute it with? Since I will be making this for small kiddos, will omitting just the hot sauce be still spicy for the kids? Thank you!

    1. It’s a green salsa ,usually not spicy. On the jar it will say mild,medium ,hot.if it doesn’t say that then it would be mild.not too spicy for kids it’s made with tomatillos.I wouldn’t substitute it.

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