Pork Carnitas


Pork Carnitas
Summer is here!  Yesterday we even went to the beach.  There is a state park about 10 minutes away from where we live that has a nice beach.  The kids played in the sand, played on the playground, and enjoyed the water.  I am looking forward to more days like this as the summer goes by.  Unfortunately, I think they will be few and far between.  I can’t believe how full our calendar is this summer.  We were supposed to move this weekend, but that has been pushed back a couple weeks.  I already had a great line-up of guest posters set up, so for the next couple weeks I will be featuring some of my favorite bloggers.

I am also in the process of setting up a bake sale auction to help raise money for the High Park Fire victims in Fort Collins.  The auction will be on July 8th.  I have 25+ amazing bloggers donating some great items for you to bid on.  I also have some great raffle prizes!  Le Creuset, Green Mountain Coffee, Kerrygold Cheese…… Mark your calendars and make sure to come back on the 8th!! If you are interested in donating, let me know, I still have a couple slots left.

I can’t leave you empty handed before I go!  I have Pork Carnitas!  These are perfect for summer.  They are made in the crock pot.  You might think that is strange for summer, but think about it.  No oven, gives off very little heat, you get to enjoy the beach while dinner cooks?  Sounds like a win to me.  So go pour yourself a drink, and have these for dinner :)

A friend sent me this recipe, that she got from a friend, so I have no idea what the source is.  You can serve these with whatever toppings you like.  I did traditional taco toppings: cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole etc.  I also have plans for the leftovers, so stay tuned.

Pork Carnitas - made in the crockpot. Perfect for summer.

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  • 1 boneless pork shoulder roast (3-4 pounds)
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tequila (or additional chicken broth)
  • 1 (7oz) can chopped green chilies
  • Tortillas
  • Toppings as desired


  1. Cut the pork roast in half, and place in a slow cooker. Sprinkle with sliced garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add green onions, cilantro, salsa, chicken broth, tequila, and chilies. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Remove the meat, and shred. Place the pork back in the slow cooker. Cover and heat for an additional 30-60 minutes.
  3. Serve in warm tortillas and top as desired.




  1. It sounds like you’re going to have a really busy summer, I hope everything goes well! I could definitely eat one (or many a couple) of these carnitas right now.

  2. Carnitas are one of our favorite meals! Yours look amazing Erin!

  3. This looks amazing, Erin. These flavors are my absolute favorite!

  4. I have been wanting to make something like this this summer!! Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to make it.

  5. Yay for summer, carnitas are the perfect way to kick it off!

  6. What a nice way to start the summer! The beach and carnitas sound great! Thanks for the recipe Erin. I love it!

  7. This looks great!!! Beautiful and tasty Pork Carnitas!

  8. I can eat pork carnitas everyday and not tire of it. Your recipe gets extra points for its convenience besides looking great!

  9. Yay for summer and carnitas tacos!! These sound delicious. Look forward to your guest posts, and good luck with the upcoming move. 😀

  10. Gosh… I was just thinking about pork carnitas because we ate at Chipotle lately and I wanted to learn to cook it at home. Looks delicious. :)

  11. It does take much to make me start craving Mexican but now I am ravenous for it. This looks good and I love that big dollop of guacamole. This dish is what I always order at Mexican restaurants because I never make it at home. Now I just need to make it at home.

  12. The Carnitas look amazing! You should be so very proud of yourself for setting up the charity! Such a worthy cause!

  13. I’m totally going to have to add this to my summer menu 😉

  14. Yikes, busy. I definitely hear you on the busy summer front. My calender is nuts! I hope your move goes well…we’re still in transition with stuff strewn everywhere it seems. I need simple recipes like this one!

  15. School year is busy as is but summer seems to be even busier because kids are home all day (when they don’t have camps). Your life seems more organized than mine as I can’t post as frequent as yours and you are doing great job entertaining us. :-) Love carnitas! I made it at home a few times but always my favorite to order at a restaurant too. Making me hungry already and dinner is not for another 2 hours!

  16. I was eyeing this up earlier today on pinterest while fighting off the grumbly in my tumbly. They look perfect.
    Cant wait for the bake sale! 😀

  17. What a simply perfect recipe. I could eat these every week. Nicely done. Happy Saturday!!

  18. These look so good! Love pork carnitas!

    I can’t wait to see all the goodies people are making for that bake sale!

  19. It does look perfect for summer! I’m in love with Mexican food, this would be great for lunch tomorrow!

  20. Cooking the pork in the slow cooker with salsa must really infuse good flavors.

  21. I think crock pot recipes are good all year! I love this, I’ve been craving carnitas lately. And I love your little chili bowls in the background too! :)

  22. Busy busy busy! I love this idea. Looks great!

  23. Carnitas are my dish at the local Mexican joint. Good luck on your bake sale! It is a great idea.


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