i have to admit – i made this recipe for crockpot carnitas last january. yes a year ago. i don’t know how i still haven’t written a post on it because it was really really good. so i apologize for not sharing this recipe with you sooner. i hope you forgive me.
i love crockpot recipes. i even did a whole series of crockpot recipes a while back because i had so many different crockpot recipes. check them all out here! crockpot/slow cooker recipes are the best because they are usually super simple. this recipe is no different. brown the meat, add the seasoning, plop in the crockpot – then set it and forget about it. genius.
i some how bought the biggest pork shoulder ever so i ended up with a lot of carnitas. but that was okay because it is incredibly versatile and stores well in the freezer. chris and i ate a lot of the carnitas as tacos. i just rolled up some carnitas and cheese in a tortilla then packed it with lettuce, salsa, and sour cream. i love these lunch boxes with the different compartments.
but you can also use the carnitas to make homemade chipotle bowls, quesadillas, taquitos and much more. sometimes we just ate it with rice and veggies. having some carnitas stashed away in the freezer was perfect for quick, weeknight meals.
to make this crockpot carnitas, start with a pork shoulder. the recipe suggests using a boneless pork shoulder but i didn’t find one at the store and didn’t really feel like dealing with the hassle of taking the bone out. so i just left it in – oh well. it was fine. also, like i said i got the biggest pork shoulder ever so it wouldn’t fit in the crockpot with out me cutting it into 2 pieces.