Pork Carnitas (Whole30 and Paleo)

I love recipes and cookbooks, but sometimes it just not possible for me to follow a recipe. I don’t have to exact ingredients or I’m just too lazy to measure out precisely 1 tablespoon of oregano. Dump in a palmful – works for me! And when I get a flavor or taste in my mind that I want to recreate, I will stop at nothing to get it how I want it! 

There’s a local Mexican restaurant that my family and I love. They have these canitas that are just delicious! Sweet and spicy and oh so good. I wanted to recreate that at home. I started with some online recipes but couldn’t get the pork as tender as the restaurant…. Hey, slow cooker, do that work for me.

I put a pork shoulder in the slow cooker for 8 hours on low and it was okay, but not falling off the bone. So I just left it in there…. on low for 12 more hours. I can not begin to explain how tender that meat is!

Pork Carnitas

I had quite a lot of juice going on. When cooking, I wanted the shoulder completely covered so that amount of stock was necessary. For eating, I wanted a little thicker of a sauce. I ended up straining all the liquid and boiling it until it reduced to half the original amount.

Pork Carnitas


pork shoulder – whatever size you can find

   or pork loin or pork chops

    (bone in, bone out -whatever your store is carrying today)

primal palate taco seasoning – or any taco blend

can of pineapple chunks in pineapple juice

   (or fresh cut pineapple or rings)

chicken stock – I used homemade – again, you do you here

whole onion sliced – yellow, white, purple, whatever you fancy

arrowroot starch

chipotle powder or ground cayenne pepper


Place half of your onion in the bottom of the crock pot, along with half of your pineapple. Place the pork shoulder on top. Cover pork shoulder with chicken stock. Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons taco seasoning and 1 teaspoon chipotle powder (more or less depending on your love of spice) and mix around. Cover with rest of onion and pineapple. Cook on low 18 hours. (Turn it on evening before serving). After the 18 hours, strain liquid into a pot, add a tablespoon arrowroot powder and boil on high until reduced by half. Place pork into serving dish and break it apart. It will literally fall off the bone at this point. Add sauce back to pork. Serve with lime wedges, cilantro, avocado and any other fixings you like!

Pork Carnitas

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *