Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas

21 Day Fix Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas

We had Taco Tuesday at our house last night, so I thought it would be the perfect night to try these 21 Day Fix Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas!  I found a recipe which I adapted to create mine on Melanie Mitro’s blog – she raved about them, so I had to check them out for myself!  I always love a meal that is in the slow cooker all day so I don’t have to think about dinner until dinner time.  Zach and I made it part of our morning activity to prep the pork loin.  He helped me by measuring out all of the spices and sprinkling them over the roast.  I gave it a good rub down, covered and set it and then off we went to enjoy the rest of our day!

Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas
The roast is ready to go!
Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas
Some of the fixings from the Carnita bar!
Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas
The meat is cooked and ready to eat!
Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas
Use baked corn tortillas instead of a lettuce wrap (optional)

I cut up the tomatoes and onions and washed the romaine leaves while the boys were napping and then set out all of the taco fixing for dinner time.   This recipe had a cilantro lime sauce using plain Greek yogurt – that one got a big, fat fail from my husband, but he also doesn’t like sour cream, so…I am still going to include it because I enjoyed it and it added a little extra.   It would be ok to omit this part and just use some plain Greek yogurt if you enjoy sour cream on your tacos!



21 Day Fix Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas
Serves 8
Slow cooked to perfection - the blend of spices really added a nice wow factor to the pork roast. A nice little change up to Taco Tuesday! Fun meal for the family! I enjoyed my carnitas in a lettuce wrap because I try to eat my yellows at the beginning of the day. I omitted the beans and corn tortillas from my meal and it was crisp and delicious. I have the Cilantro Lime Sauce as optional addition because my husband didn't like it, but I thought it was more fun than plain Greek Yogurt.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 30 min
Pork Roast Ingredients
  1. 3 lbs pork loin roast
  2. 2T chili powder
  3. 1 tsp cumin
  4. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  5. 2 tsp oregano
  6. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  7. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 2 T lime juice
  9. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  10. 1 red onion, chopped
  11. 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
Cilantro Lime Sauce Ingredients (optional)
  1. 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  2. 1/4 cup lime juice
  3. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  4. 1/2 t garlic powder
Carnita Topping Ideas
  1. Corn Tortillas
  2. Romaine lettuce leaves
  3. Tomatoes, diced
  4. Red onion
  5. Black beans, drained, rinsed & cooked
  6. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  7. Avocado
Pork Roast Directions
  1. Place meat into slow cooker
  2. Mix all seasonings for pork roast in a small bowl and rub over the roast until coated
  3. Add lime juice, cilantro leaves, chopped onions and broth.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  5. In the last hour of cooking, take a fork and shred the meat, recover and finish cooking
  6. Transfer meat to a baking dish and broil in the oven for 3-4 minutes on high.
Cilantro Lime Sauce Directions (optional)
  1. Mix all ingredients together, chill in fridge - this can be made ahead of time.
Corn Tortilla Prep
  1. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven for a few minutes until they are more firm, but still bendable, or to desired crispness
21 Day Fix
  1. This is where YOU come in - grab your containers and fill them with your desired toppings! Build your own Fix approved Taco with your containers remaining for the day!
  2. Pork - Fill your Red Container (1 Red), Corn Tortillas - (2 = 1 Yellow), Sauce - Greek yogurt is a Red, so measure accordingly, Veggie toppings (Green Container), Avocado & Cheese (Fill 1 blue container with your choice or a combo of both)
Adapted from Committed to Getting Fit
Fit Mom Angela


  1. Whitney

    I am loving & printing off many of your recipes to try! I have one question. Several of the recipes I am thinking I would want some salsa on top (I LOVE salsa!!). Do you have one you recommend that is clean??

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      I hope you enjoy them!! 🙂 Yes! Absolutely! Use a couple tablespoons as a condiment and it is free! I have gotten the jarred salsa at my grocery store that has NO added sugar (read the labels!) It is the store brand (Kroger), but there are several. My typical rule of thumb – if the ingredient list is LONG with a lot of words that are hard to pronounce, put it back on the shelf). 🙂

  2. Steph Austin

    These were so delicious! I love your recipes!

  3. Hmmm, I used a 3 pound pork loin roast and it’s tougher than shoe leather. When I read the recipe I thought it was strange that it didn’t call for a pork shoulder or butt but I thought I would try it. There is no shredding it is so tough.

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