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Chipotle Copycat Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Tried and tested yummy recipe for succulent pork strips that are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and perfect for making your Tacos or Burritos – Chipotle Copycat Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas.
Course Appetizers, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Chipotle Copycat Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas, easy recipes slow cooker pork carnitas, pork butt carnitas recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 8
Author Manila Spoon


  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 6-7 lbs Pork Shoulder Blade Roast or Boston Butt
  • ½ cup Tomato Salsa (heat level of your choice)
  • 1 ½ tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp dried Oregano
  • 4 whole Cloves
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • cup Orange Juice or Water (orange juice is better so use that if you have it at hand)
  • 3 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black Pepper, or to taste


  1. Place the chopped onions at the bottom of the slow cooker.

  2. Place the pork roast on top and add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or 5 hours on high (length of time depends on your slow cooker). If you’re chopping the roast into smaller pieces before adding into the slow cooker, check for doneness at 5-6 hours.

  4. Shred the meat. Serve with either soft or crunchy tacos with some salsa, chopped cilantro, cheese or sour cream on the side! Perfect for any gathering!

Recipe Notes


Cook the Boston Butt as is (the entire roast left whole) or chop into smaller pieces for easy shredding later.

Choose the heat level you prefer for the salsa. I use Trader Joe’s brand but feel free to use your favorite salsa.