Easy Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Carnitas

Easy Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Carnitas over Sweet Potato

It really, seriously doesn't get any easier than this one. Put these two things in your slow cooker, let it go all day and dinner is ready when you get home from work: 1) pork shoulder/pork butt roast, 2) your favorite taco seasoning packet. I use Simply Organic "Spicy Taco" Seasoning Mix - it's fabulously full of flavor, not too spicy in my opinion, gluten free and organic. You can most likely find it at your local market or use the link I provided to order from Amazon.

IF you wanted to get really fancy, you could add some fresh or canned organic diced tomatoes, onions and/or green chiles (or maybe a can of Ro-Tel) but it's totally not necessary. Like really, really only if you want to go the extra mile here.

No matter what though, these shredded pork carnitas are amazing. You can use them in tacos, taco salads, over eggs, on a sweet potato, put it on a pizza - the possibilities are endless. And did I tell you how easy they are to make?! Just two ingredients, throw 'em in the slow cooker and you're done.

Easy Two-Ingredient Slow Cooker Carnitas
serves 6-8

1 - 2 lb all natural pork shoulder or pork butt roast
1 - 1.1 oz packet taco seasoning mix (I use Simply Organic "Spicy Taco")
(Optional: fresh or canned diced tomatoes, onions and/or green chiles)

Place in a slow cooker set to low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Use two forks to shred, mix with all the juices and serve.

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What's your favorite way to enjoy carnitas?


  1. What recipe did you use for your almond flour tortilla? It looks perfect. I can't get mine to get that thin, and I've been tirelessly working on the recipe :) Would you be willing to share via email? Charisse.thiel@gmail.com Thanks!

    1. Hi! I use Siete Foods brand almond flour tortillas and I buy them at Whole Foods Market. They're really great