Slow cooker carnitas are an easy and delicious way to serve up a tasty dinner and create multiple meals. We’ve made tacos, quesadillas, pasta dishes and even pizza with this pork carnitas recipe. We also really love topping it with our homemade spicy salsa verde. Besides using orange and lime to cook up this tasty meat, I love adding some beer to the slow cooker for an extra tasty liquid. It’s a very versatile savory meat dish so it can go in multiple directions for meal planning.
Slow Cooker Cooking
Who doesn’t love the slow cooker for taking the big hassle out of mealtime chaos?! I sure do. Most recipes I post on here are 100% slow cooker cooking. This slow cooker recipe, I will admit, does require a little broiling afterwards, but it’s so worthwhile! To get those crispy bits for perfect carnitas you must broil and toss the meat a few times to get that great carnitas texture.
Let’s say you know that you’re short on time the morning of your carnitas dinner, you may actually prep your carnitas with all the ingredients the night before. Make the recipe as is just as if you’re about to fire up the slow cooker and place the whole slow cooker in the fridge over night. The next morning before leaving for the day pull it out of the fridge, start the slow cooker and go!
Carnitas Tacos & More
My husband is a huge advocate for Taco Tuesday being pretty much every Tuesday in our house. We only change our Tuesday dinner plans if there are unforeseen circumstances that can’t make it happen. That being said we get pretty creative with our taco fillings and how we use extra taco filling after that night.
Slow cooker carnitas can be used to replace the meat for pretty much any recipe. First try it on your tacos, but then use the leftovers to make quesadillas, burritos, chili or even a carnitas pizza (coming soon)! It pairs very well with salsa verde as well. Give ours a try!
Give this delicious slow cooker carnitas recipe a try a let us know how you like it below!