Carnitas Recipes

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Carnitas or "little meats" is a popular Mexican, traditionally pork, dish although other meats can be prepared in the same way. This page contains carnitas recipes.


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Carnitas: Guacamole:



Set aside a crock pot or a large pot. Season the pork butt with Mexican Adobo Seasoning, Garlic, and black pepper. Massage seasoning into the pork butt. Place the pork butt into the crock pot and add 1 freshly squeezed lime, coke, and orange juice. Cook in crock pot for 3 to 4 hours, or until the meat is fully cooked.

After it has been completely cooked, remove the pork onto cookie sheet and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Shred the meat all around the cookie sheet and drizzle olive oil all over it. Add More adobe seasoning, salt, or black pepper if needed. Place the meat into the oven at 400 degrees F for about 12 minutes until the meat begins to crisp.

Remove the tray from the oven and the carnitas is ready.


Peel 3 Large Haas avocados and remove the pit. Place the Avocados into a large bowl and set it aside. Dice onion, cilantro, and jalepeno pepper; add it into the bowl with the avocados. Squeeze 1 and 1/2 fresh limes into the bowl. Add salt. Crumble in Queso Cheese into the bowl. Take a spoon or a spatula and mash everything together. Once the texture is smooth, it is ready


Pizza Dough Disc:

Grease a cookie sheet. Unravel the ready made Pizza dough from Pillsbury. Cut the dough into thin disc shapes and place them on the cookie sheet. Set oven to the degree provided on the directions. Drizzle some olive oil on each disc and let it bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Set it aside for about 8 minutes and it is done

On each dough disc, add some carnitas, and some guacamole. It is ready to serve and eat.


Servings: 10
Time:45 Minutes Preparation Time
5 Minutes Cooking Time

By Eric Chu

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Busy day ahead, a slow cooker is your best friend. With minimal ingredients and prep work, you will get juicy carnitas for taco night or any night. There will be lots of leftovers for other meals.


Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 hours

Total Time: 10 hours


  • 4-5 lb pork shoulder
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 7-10 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 bay leaves


  1. Mix all seasoning in a bowl and mix. I eyeballed the spices, but you can add more according to your preference.
  2. Chop 2-3 cloves of garlic and place on the bottom of your slow cooker. Add your meat.
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  4. Rub the pork with the seasoning you just mixed.
  5. Add chicken broth and remaining garlic cloves on top. Top off with your bay leaves.
  6. Allow the pork to cook on low settings for 10 hours. You will flip the meat at 5 hours. Ready to shred meat and serve!
  7. We made tacos with avocado slices and fresh greens.
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What is a good substitute for pork in this carnitas crockpot recipe?


By Holly from Richardson, TX


November 1, 20090 found this helpful

I would try beef, chuck roast or bottom round would turn out well. This would probably be good with dark meat chicken, too. I like the boneless, skinless chicken thighs for use in the crockpot. Don't have to worry about fishing out all the bones.

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November 2, 20090 found this helpful

Go to-Carnitas Crockpot Recipes,good luck.

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November 2, 20090 found this helpful

Meatless Chicken Substitutes: Tofu

When asked what a new kind of meat tastes like, the answer is often "it tastes like chicken!" As a substitute for the meat that tastes like everything, try tofu, which tastes like nothing. Well, almost nothing. Good luck.

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November 2, 2019

Your Instant Pot can be used for so many recipes. Try this delicious pork carnitas dish and have dinner ready in an hour.

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