High-Protein Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Take advantage of the convenience and ease of the slow-cooker with this carnita recipe from FearlessFoodRD. Rich, savory and full of flavor, this dish fills you up at your hungriest with only 261 calories per serving. High in protein, low in calories and super easy to make, it’s a weeknight no-brainer.

under 5 hour 10 mins

Ingredients for servings

    High-Protein Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

  • sirloin tip pork roast

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 0.5 tablespoon chili powder

  • 0.5 tablespoon cumin

  • 0.5 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 medium white onion

  • 3 cloves garlic minced

  • 1 jalapeno de-seeded finely chopped

  • 1 large orange juiced


  • Dry the sirloin tip roast with a paper towel. Season with olive oil, chili powder, dried oregano, cumin, and salt.

  • Chop the large onion into quarters. Dice three-quarters of the onion; this will go into the slow cooker. Finely dice the remaining one-quarter onion and set aside for garnish.

  • Place the sirloin tip roast into the slow cooker. Top with diced onions, minced garlic, and chopped jalapeno pepper. Pour in the orange juice. Set slow cooker to “high” and wait for five hours.

  • Pull the cooked pork out of the slow cooker onto a large plate or baking sheet. Use a fork to shred the meat. Reserve one cup of broth from the slow cooker and set aside.

  • Spray a large cast-iron or non-stick skillet with oil. Heat over medium-high and add half the pork. Cook the meat for about five minutes on each side until desired color and crispiness is achieved.

  • Assemble your tacos with corn tortillas, chopped onion, cilantro, and lime. Use a small spoon to ladle some broth over each taco to moisten the meat (totally optional!).

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