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Crockpot Spicy Carnitas

I really like a good taco, but I completely adore a GREAT one. These spicy carnitas tacos definitely fit into my “great” category. Slow cooked in the crock pot, and then finished on the stove-top for that crispy, street-taco flavor.

Spicy Carnitas

Spicy Carnitas in the slow cooker

Do you guys shop at any of the big bulk stores? Costco, Sam’s Club, etc? We do, and I LOVE it. Not everything is the best deal there, but I love getting a lot of my meats there. Especially their pork sirloin roasts. They come in 4 packs at Costco and are so handy for dinners. We use them for pork roasts, bbq pork sandwiches, and these awesome spicy carnitas.

Spicy Carnitas

Slow cooker carnitas are one of the easiest and best meals you can make. Pork comes out SO tender and juicy when you cook it this way, and then it is just a quick shred, some toppings, and you are DONE with dinner.

Yield: 10 servings

Spicy Carnitas

Spicy Carnitas

Easy shredded pork sirloin roast is whipped into some super flavorful carnitas. Serve with tortillas and all of your favorite taco fixings for the best taco Tuesday you've ever had.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes


  • 3 pounds pork sirloin roast

liberal amounts of...

  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic salt
  • onion powder

Seasonings and cooking sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 small can El Pato Green label jalapeno tomato salsa
  • 1 small can El Pato Yellow label tomato salsa
  • 1 cup water


  1. Place all ingredients into a large crock pot, cover, and set on low. Cook for 6-7 hours (this highly depends on your particular crock pot. Check starting after 5ish hours and check hourly after that), and shred when fork tender.
  2. Preheat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat with a small amount of oil (or lard if you have it!). Place a portion of the carnitas into the hot skillet, and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until it crisps a bit. Serve with corn tortillas, cilantro, and your favorite fixings.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 51g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Tuesday 17th of May 2016

[…] else can you use this awesome stuff in? I have a fantastic spicy one-pot Mexican rice, spicy carnitas, and a grilled chicken taco recipe that’s begging to have this cilantro added to […]

Cathy Trochelman

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

This is totally my kind of meal! My family would love it!

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 8th of October 2015

Thanks Cathy! We've had it again since, and its a huge hit. For days. ;) Love doing the leftovers up for lunches!

Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

Sunday 27th of September 2015

MMMM!!!! Spicy Carnitas are delish! These look perfect!

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 8th of October 2015

Thanks Becky!!

Maryanne @ the little epicurean

Saturday 26th of September 2015

I love Costco! Yes, I like stocking up on meats at Costco- they're quality meats and priced well! :) (Also, you can never go wrong with tacos)

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 8th of October 2015

Right? I totally agree. We do so many different variations of tacos. Chicken, beef, steak, pork. LOVE.

eat good 4 life

Saturday 26th of September 2015

Yum. We have been craving something like this. They looks so juicy and tender!

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