Easy Carnitas Recipe: This Crispy Pork Carnitas Recipe Can Be Made in the Oven or Slow Cooker for Cinco de Mayo by 30Seconds Food

Easy Carnitas Recipe: This Crispy Pork Carnitas Recipe Can Be Made in the Oven or Slow Cooker for Cinco de Mayo

This easy pork carnitas recipe is loaded with authentic flavors and is so versatile. Use the shredded pork for tacos, burritos, enchiladas or serve with cilantro rice and refried beans.

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 to 8 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes plus 3 to 8 hours

You'll need:

  • 1 3- to 4-pound boneless pork butt    
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 oranges, juiced and remains saved
  • 2 limes, juiced and remains saved

Carnitas Rub

Optional Toppings

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the pork butt into a Dutch oven or slow cooker. Season with the cumin, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Rub the seasoning into the meat to cover completely. 
  2. Add the onion, garlic, orange and lime juice, and the remaining oranges and limes after juicing. 
  3. If cooking in the oven, cover with a lid and bake in a preheated 300-degree F oven for about 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
  4. If cooking in a slow cooker, cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours.
  5. When meat is tender, shred and return to the pot. If you want crispier carnitas, lay the shredded meat on a baking sheet and place it under the broiler for about 5 minutes.

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Cassiday
This looks amazing! 😍
Julie Rose
I love carnitas. Never made them at home before...

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