• 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 pounds pork shoulder
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 12 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
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Calories270Calories from Fat110
Total Fat12g18%
Saturated Fat3.5g18%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat110
Total Carbohydrate5g2%
Dietary Fiber<1g4%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Stacy 25 days ago
Definitely a keeper. Loved no advanced steps before throwing it in the crockpot
cs604 28 days ago
delicious! however i deviated from the recipe by using a diff. cooking method. to save time, i used an instant pot. first, seared all sides of the marinated pork (on saute), then poured in all the liquids and garlic and cooked by pressing the "meat" button on high pressure for 30 min. (on sealing). turned out great! next time..I'd prefer less or even no salt.
Edgell 12 Aug
Added a jalapeno, replaced the limes and pepper with lemon pepper (only because i didnt want to go to the store). Now, how do you make tortillas...?
Great! Broiled it a bit too long but still turned out great the flavor was awesome I let it sit overnight in the crockpot
Derrick 7 Aug
This was a quick and easy dish to make. Actually I had my 14 year old son make it and it turned out wonderful
Cindy C. 21 May
great Loved the flavor
Seann O. 28 Apr
Excellent! And easy. Tastes incredible- used tortillas and made them into Tacos and burritos with guacamole
Marina 20 Mar
It was so good! Definitely going to make it again.
Renée B. 18 Feb
Cooked it too long not as moist as I’d like omitted chilli for kids might try adding cider next time to infuse the meat
Greg 4 Feb
Great used our new crock pot version of the insta-pot took 1 hour to get the pork shoulder cooked correctly
Jeff W. 13 Jan
very delicious will make.again
Sara W. 17 Dec 2017
Awesome! Tastes just like Chipotle!
Bowersox 7 Dec 2017
Solid! Decided we wanted a carnitas Mac and cheese bowl. Turned out faaaantastic
Meghan G. 19 Nov 2017
Best carnitas ever you need to use the liquid from crockpot to get the best flavor
Megan 17 Oct 2017
Very good. Mine was done in 6 hours.
Melissa R. 15 Oct 2017
Luscious and tender!
Cook 14 Oct 2017
There’s another recipe for crockpot carnitas on buzzfeed that calls for a bit heavier on certain seasonings, an orange, and onion. It is perfect. So for that, I give his one 3 stars as it’s close but not quite there in terms of full flavor.
Yvette H. 11 Oct 2017
Awesome, so yummy!!!
Smyrna Roman 25 Sep 2017
Very good and simple to make. Stayed moist after being in the broiler (maybe I just put enough of the juice on top). My household loves lime so we squeezed an extra lime over it after we took it out the broiler.
Era R. 31 Aug 2017
This recipe is a staple in our house. It takes 15 minutes to assemble and I come home to a home cooked meal that smells and tastes amazing.
Paige Weinrich 1 Jun 2017
Amazing! My husband and I enjoyed it even more the second day!
Mia 7 Apr 2017
This dish is amazing! Super easy and wonderfully prepared with savory herbs and spices. I highly recommend this recipe and look forward to making it to bring to potlucks and community gatherings! Lots of protein and low fat! This dish feels like you spent slot more time and effort than you actually have to! A big hit with my family!
Would certainly rate this higher if the cinnamon had not over powered the rest of the flavors. We just threw it on some brioche buns with chesse and El Pato jalepeno sauce and that helped tone down the cinnamom flavor. Will try this again without the cinnamon.
Tracey Richason 1 Feb 2017
Loved it! Served it with brown rice, black beans, with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream in a bowl.
Katie Benzer B. 8 Nov 2016
Very delicious! We used pineapple orange juice instead of regular orange juice, so when it was paired with enchilada sauce/salsa/hot sauce, it came out with a sweet and spicy flavor.
Ashley 14 Sep 2016
This recipe turned out great! I took the meat out of the broiler a couple times to mix it up. I kept doing this until all the edges were crispy.
Jeremy M. 1 Sep 2016
Made and served as presented. This was very good and well liked by the whole family. Definitely recommend. I used a small can of chipotles in Adobo sauce and was heavy with the limes.
Kate S. 2 Aug 2016
This was fabulous, but I eliminated almost half the salt and wish I'd taken out more - it was a little too much for my taste. Easy enough to fix though, and it was still something I'd make again. We'll get 4 meals out of it between the two of us. Round 1 I simmered some black beans with spices and served everything over rice. I think round 2 will be carnitas quesadillas!
Angela B. 29 Jul 2016
Easy and delicious! This will be part of our regular weeknight dinner go-to's. I only needed about 3 minutes under the broiler though.