Slow-Cooker Carnitas

Number of Servings: 16 (259g)
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 8 hours
Slow Cooker Carnitas

Carnitas can be a great lean protein to have on hand for quick tacos or skillet meals. Freeze the meat in small portions to have it handy to heat up with rice and veggies for a quick, flavorful weeknight meal.


  • 6 lb. pork butt, fat trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 8 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 chipotle peppers
  • 1 (15 oz.) can no-salt added diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups orange juice


  1. Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Set to cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  2. Let it cool enough to handle, then lift the meat from the juices and place on a platter to shred with two forks. Store leftover shredded meat in juices.
  3. Use meat to construct your favorite tacos or burritos.

Nutrition Facts

16 servings per container

Serving Size 259g

Amount per serving
Calories 265
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 102mg 33%
Sodium 550mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 2g
Protein 33g
Vitamin D 1mcg 6%
Calcium 51.4mg 4%
Iron 2.8mg 15%
Potassium 725mg 15%
Vitamin A 20.6mcg 2%
Vitamin C 44.3mcg 50%
Vitamin E 0.6mg 6%
Vitamin K 4.6mcg 4%
Thiamin 1mg 80%
Riboflavin 0.7mg 50%
Niacin 13.5mg 80%
Vitamin B6 1mg 60%
Folate 17.6mcg 4%
Vitamin B12 1.6mcg 60%
Biotin 0.2mcg 0%
Chloride 3.2mg 0%
Pantothenate 2.8mg 60%
Phosphorus 360.4mg 30%
Iodine 1mcg 0%
Magnesium 47.5mg 10%
Zinc 5.8mg 50%
Selenium 48.3mcg 90%
Copper 0.2mg 20%
Manganese 0.2mg 8%
Chromium 0.5mcg 0%
Molybdenum 0.6mcg 2%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Pork, Orange Juice, Unsalted Diced Tomatoes (tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Less Than 2% Of: Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid), Red Chili Pepper, Garlic, Salt, Black Pepper, Cumin, Oregano, Ground Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper.

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