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 left a comment on August 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Love the blog, please add more crockpot recipes :p

    • The Strength Agenda left a comment on August 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks! Will do! Check back tomorrow for one. Crockpots are the best tool ever.

  2. Hilary left a comment on September 11, 2012 at 1:41 am

    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!

    • The Strength Agenda left a comment on September 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks, Hil. Aren’t they easy?!? I dig it.

  3. JP left a comment on September 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    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 left a comment on September 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      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 left a comment on September 21, 2012 at 3:27 am

    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 left a comment on September 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm

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

  5. Floyd left a comment on September 23, 2012 at 1:44 am

    The Barbacoa sounds like my next tasty treat.

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  8. plasterer bristol left a comment on December 16, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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


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