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Authentic Mexican Carnitas Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 266
This Mexican carnitas recipe is super easy in a slow cooker and packed with flavor. Your carnitas will come out tender, juicy, and crispy all at the same time! These carnitas are absolutely mouth-watering, have several delicious ways to serve them, and use NO LARD.

Ingredients

  • 4 lb pork shoulder
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 jalapenos (chopped)
  • 8 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 cup orange juice

Carnitas Rub Recipe

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions 

  • Pat the pork shoulder dry, then coat with the salt and pepper. Combine the ingredients for the rub and rub all over the pork shoulder. Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker, fat cap facing up. Top with the onion, jalapeño, and garlic, then pour over the orange juice. Slow cook the pork for 10 hours on low heat, or 7 hours on high heat.
  • Once cooked, remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Place the remaining juices in a small bowl or measuring cup and set aside. After the pork has been shredded, crisp up the meat in batches by frying in a large nonstick pan or skillet with a little bit of oil on high heat. Pour some of the juices over the meat and allow them to evaporate and for the meat to develop a golden crust before removing from the pan. After the pork has been crisped, pour some of the juices over the meat. Serve hot.
Calories: 266kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 980mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg