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Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Carnitas | Mommy's Home Cooking

Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Carnitas

This Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Carnitas recipe is the easiest carnitas you will ever make– it takes less than 5 minutes to throw the ingredients into a slow cooker. Pork goodness!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword carnitas, pork, slow cooker, spicy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 346kcal


  • 3 - 4 lb pork shoulder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt or more, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 jar (16oz) Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (optional) (see notes)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano


  • Season the pork shoulder with salt and black pepper, rubbing in thoroughly on all sides. Be generous.
  • Place the pork in the slow cooker. Add picante sauce, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, rosemary and oregano. Cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high. The pork should be so tender that meat falls apart easily. Remove pork from slow cooker and shred the meat using two forks, removing excess fat. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Heat oven broil. Line one baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking oil.
  • Place carnitas onto a baking sheet, with HALF of the juices, and broil until most of the pork looks golden, crisp and crusted, about 4 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Serve immediately.
  • To serve tostadas spread a large spoonful of mashed avocado, pork carnitas, top it with fennel and mango salsa, and sprinkle crumbled queso fresco. Enjoy


I added some brown sugar because we love the sweet and spicy combo but if you want the spiciness to be the hero flavor you can skip it. 
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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate and it can vary depending on the products used.


Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1601mg | Potassium: 999mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 4.9mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4mg