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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Dinner ready when you get home and only 30 minutes of prep? It's true! Use for tacos, nachos or burrito bowls and the leftovers to make Pork Carnita Queso Dip.

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30 min
Prep Time
07 hrs 30 min
Total Time


1 (4-pound) pork shoulder roast

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

1 cup jarred hot salsa

1 large (2 cups) onion, cut into strips

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Pat pork shoulder dry, using paper towel. Sprinkle evenly with chili powder and salt. Heat 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter in pan until sizzling; brown pork on all sides.

  2. STEP 2

    Place salsa into bottom of 6-quart slow cooker. Add onions and browned pork, pouring juices and browned bits from skillet over top. Cook on Low heat setting 7-9 hours or until pork pulls apart easily. Remove pork to bowl; pull into bite-sized pieces. Strain onions from liquid; add to pulled pork. Add about one cup of remaining liquid to coat pork and add flavor.

  3. STEP 3

    Serve as desired. Great for tacos or over rice and beans!

Nutrition (1 serving)

770 Calories
58 Fat (g)
220 Cholesterol (mg)
930 Sodium (mg)
6 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
54 Protein (g)
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