SCD Recipe: Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

I rarely eat pork outside of bacon, but I do love Carnitas every once in a while. I decided to make up a batch in my slow cooker. This is super easy, doesn’t take a lot of time, and only takes a few ingredients.

Pork Carnitas


2 lbs pork tenderloin (I used two one pound pieces)
1 1/2 cups fresh salsa
1 cup chicken broth (you can use whatever kind of broth you want)
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tsp smoked sea salt (make sure this is not smoke chemicals – you can also just use some regular sea salt)
1 tbsp chopped cilantro (fresh or dried)


  1. Line slow cooker with plastic slow cooker liner (you don’t have to do this, but it will make your life easier)
  2. Combine all ingredients, except pork, in slow cooker
  3. Add pork
  4. Cook on high for two hours and low for three hours
  5. Remove pork from slow cooker and place in big bowl
  6. Add about half of the liquid to the bowl with the pork
  7. Use fork to pull apart the pork
  8. Add more of the liquid from the slow cooker as needed – depending on how you like your Carnitas
  9. Make sure you keep some of the liquid if you are going to store left overs in the fridge so it doesn’t dry out
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