crockpot carnitas

Easy Crockpot Carnitas

Need something easy for dinner tonight? Let your crock pot do the hard work for you. These tacos are so easy, packed full of flavor and macro friendly!
Course Dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Author This Season's Table


  • Crockpot prep
  • 3 pound pork roast
  • 1/2 cup orange juice or juice of one orange
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground oregano
  • Pickled Onions
  • 1 large red onion sliced and divided in half
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • For serving
  • 3 corn tortillas per serving
  • Toppings
  • goat cheese
  • pickled onions
  • fresh cilantro


  1. To make tacos: Place pork in a crock pot and rub with, salt, garlic clove, cumin, and oregano. Top with orange juice and half red onion (reserve the remainder for pickled onions). Cook for 8 to 10 hours on low. When pork is done and shreds apart easily with a fork, place on cutting board, reserving liquid. Remove fat, shred and pan sear in a nonstick skillet (or cast iron) until crispy. When edges of meat begin to brown, add juice from 2 limes, 1 cup juice from crock pot and fresh cilantro. This is best done in batches for crispier pork, or a large skillet. For 3 tacos, use 4oz pork (approx 1/2 cup) and top with pickled onions, fresh cilantro and a light sprinling of goat cheese
  2. To make pickled onions: After placing pork in crock pot, mix remaining half of sliced onion, lime juice, vinegar and salt in a leakproof container. Shake well and refrigerate until use. Can be used 20 min after making (shake a few extra times if needing to use faster), but is best after 1 day in the fridge.