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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas (GFDF, Keto, Whole30, Paleo)
June 29, 2020
Carnitas – Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Pork Carnitas

This slow cooker pork carnitas recipe is awesome. There’s nothing easier than throwing everything into the slow cooker before you start your day for a super easy dinner!

We have a lot of lettuce tacos around here. I usually do ground or shredded beef or fajita-style chicken. Always a great meal, but this time I was in the mood for a different kind of taco, something more like you would get at Chipotle only using a lettuce leaf in place of the tortilla.

After perusing the meat in the freezer I settled on a huge pork shoulder roast and set to hunting for a recipe. I looked at a lot of recipes and finally, I put together my own. I can’t follow a recipe to save my life. I always have to change it up and customize it anyway.

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I like to use either ice burg or romaine lettuce to make a taco shell. These seem to hold up the best and are large enough to hold a substantial amount of filling. I skip the cheese since I’m dairy-free and add either homemade guacamole or fresh avocado slices, diced tomato, and salsa. I always have to have salsa!

If you’re allowing a few more carbohydrates and you need a good grain-free taco shell or chip, I can definitely recommend Siete Foods. Siete makes a fantastic grain-free hard taco shell that nearly tastes like the real deal. I also really like Late July’s grain-free tortilla chip. I think these taste just like a real corn chip, only better!

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Carnitas - Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas (GFDF, Keto, Whole30, Paleo)

  • Author: Heather Cooan
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 Hours
  • Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This slow cooker pork carnitas recipe is a great way to set up a delicious and nutritious meal in a snap after a long day!


  • 3 lb boneless pork roast (shoulder or butt), cut into bite-size strips
  • 1/2 c water
  • 2 minced cloves garlic or 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp each: black pepper; cumin; oregano; lemon pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne


  • Combine ingredients in crockpot.
  • Cook on high 1 hour, then low 8 hours.
  • Remove pork with a slotted spoon.
  • Pour liquid into a nonstick skillet and boil down to about 1/2 c.
  • Add pork and saute until browned.

  • Serve with all your favorite toppings – guacamole, salsa, sour cream, etc.
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: slow cooker pork carnitas


About author

Heather Cooan

Heather is a marketing executive turned nutrition consultant and educator. Heather advocates for informed consent, bodily autonomy, and healthcare authorship. She speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle design interventions for health recovery. Heather successfully recovered her health from vulvar cancer, Hashimoto's, and lichen sclerosus. She reversed estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, arteriosclerosis, and fatty liver utilizing a food-as-medicine and integrated clinical treatment approach. Heather is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and Nutrition Therapy Practitioner.

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There are 4 comments

  • adam says:

    I made this a while back (with a different recipe), following the similar method (reducing liquid) but then i put it all in a shallow sheet pan in the middle of the oven under the broiler to get the meat all crispy. keep an eye on it so you don’t burn. i took it out and stirred it around after the top got crispy so i could get more crispy bits.

  • LinearChaos says:

    Oooh, that’s a great idea! The crispy bits are the best.

  • Jennylee says:

    I’m not easily imeprssed. . . but that’s impressing me! 🙂

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