Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Carnitas

slow cooker cilantro lime carnitas

I’m going to make this real easy and simple just like this recipe. Cinco de Mayo is THIS WEEK. If you want a dinner that screams Mexican and can be made in a total of five minutes in the morning and left to simmer all day (making your house smell amazing, too) then this recipe is probably for you. These slow cooker cilantro lime carnitas are made with cilantro and only two other ingredient, but you’d never know with how good they taste!

My friend shared this recipe with me years ago and we probably literally make it once a week from April to September before we switch to beef stew for the colder months because it is so good and easy;)

slow cooker cilantro lime carnitas

Alternatively called,  5 Ingredient Cilantro Lime Carnitas.


1 lb. pork shoulder butt roast
1 12 oz. jar organic salsa
2 cups (roughly) of organic free range chicken broth
1 bunch cilantro, chopped and divided into two parts
Fresh squeezed lime juice to topping
optional: 2 cans of diced green chiles

  1. In a slow cooker place your pork on the bottom. Dump the salsa evenly over it (if you are using green chiles, add these now too). Pour the chicken broth in over the pork and salsa. I try to have it covered mostly. Then pour half the cilantro on top. Mix it in a little so it gets wet.
  2. Cover your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Using forks, shred the pork. Serve with the remaining cilantro over rice, tortillas or greens and squeeze your lime juice on! I always like to add my favorite taco toppings too, like cheese and avocado!

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

See! Easy, peasy and really, if you pick your ingredients wisely and do organic, this is a relatively healthy meal! But if you are looking to splurge this weekend, be sure to check out my 7-layer taco dip. 

Go try these cilantro lime carnitas and let me know what you think! Have a Happy Cinco de Mayo! waves and lilacs

16 Comments on “Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Carnitas”

  1. This looks so tasty! I just made oven fajitas this week and am hoping to get the recipe up soon (although it won’t be in time for Cinco de Mayo!) I love easy recipes like this! They are so perfect for feeding your family quickly and without much stress!

  2. This looks delicious! I am always looking for slow cooker recipes that I can throw in the crock pot on my way out the door in the morning. Will definitely have to try this one!

  3. SO I had to give this a try, even though I don’t use the slow cooker much. This was fantastic-both tasty and easy. Even Josie, who isn’t a fan of solid food, slurped this up. 🙂

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