Crockpot Carnitas, or Ridiculously Easy Mexican Pulled Pork

There’s a certain burrito restaurant (rhymes with Schmipotle) that I can’t get enough of. But at $9 a pop, their delicious burritos put quite a dent in my wallet. Instead, my wife found this recipe and we haven’t looked back. It takes less than 10 minutes to prep this, and once you throw it in the crockpot, you’re basically done. We get a 2+ lb. cut of pork (usually pork shoulder, but whatever is cheaper will do!), and this makes enough for generous helpings, plus lots of leftovers.

I love to eat this served with home-cooked Cilantro Lime Rice (recipe forthcoming), or like the picture, next to a giant baked sweet potato. The potato is the healthier choice, the rice is tastier. Either way, you get a lot of protein and some complex carbsĀ guaranteed to fill your stomach AND keep your wallet full.

If you can’t find chipotles in adobo sauce, just use a jar of salsa or a can of chipotle sauce. You can’t really screw this up.

Crockpot Carnitas

Serves 6
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 8 hours
Total time 8 hours, 5 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Region Mexican
Website Skinnytaste
Tender, slow cooker pork flavored with chipotle and adobo. These carnitas, or Mexican pulled pork, has great flavor and is impossible to mess up.


  • 2.5lb pork roast (most cuts will do here, but we use shoulder)
  • 1 can chipotles in adobo (this is spicy, use less or sub salsa in for a milder flavor)
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic (smashed)
  • adobo seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cumin


Step 1
Add pork, chipotles (or salsa), smashed garlic, and water into crockpot.
Step 2
Season the roast with a large pinch of salt, plenty of pepper, a generous pinch of abobo (approx. 2 tsp) and cumin (approx. 1 tsp, or to taste).
Step 3
Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
Step 4
Remove from heat and shred with two forks. Discard bone and layer of fat on top, if your pork had it. Serve with rice, tortillas, black beans, or anything else you desire.

  1. JP says:

    Love the blog, please add more crockpot recipes :p

  2. Hilary says:

    Just pulled this out of the crock pot and shredded it….I snuck a taste and omg, SO good! I had to stop right there and come thank you guys for the recipe! The Mexican Bean Salad is fantastic, too!

  3. JP says:

    Ended up making this over the weekend, fantastic. I love putting this over eggs in the morning and having it with some avocado and bacon. Ridiculously good. Thanks for the recipes.

    • The Strength Agenda says:

      That sounds great, JP. We should try some of that this weekend. It’s really good over a baked sweet potato too, with a little salsa!

  4. Floyd says:

    Very tasty treat. My girlfriend made it while I was at work last weekend. Made tacos with it. Then its also tasty when you can make it into nachos…

    • The Strength Agenda says:

      If you like this, you’ll be sure to love the Barbacoa beef recipe that’s coming out soon!

  5. Floyd says:

    The Barbacoa sounds like my next tasty treat.

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  8. Yum yum, i love burritos, this one looks good, Thanks for sharing this recipe.


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