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Pork Tenderloin Carnitas

Juicy, crispy shredded pork tenderloin carnitas uses a leaner cut of meat than traditional recipes for healthy, delicious pork tacos made in a slow cooker.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 189kcal



  • Place pork tenderloins in crock-pot and sprinkle with spices. Add chilis, lime juice, and orange juice. 
  • Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or high for about 4 hours. Pork should be easily shreddable when done. 
  • Use two forks to shred pork, adjust seasoning level if desired and simmer another half hour. 
  • Preheat broiler and transfer shredded pork to a baking sheet, spread out in a medium-thin layer, leaving any juices in the crock-pot.
  • Broil on low for about 5 minutes until it starts to get crisp but is not burnt or dried out. Remove pork and toss with reserved cooking liquid to moisten. 
  • Stir in fresh cilantro and serve with taco fixings or over Mexican flavored rice. Taco fixing ideas: pickled red onions, queso fresco, salsa, cheese, lime, guacamole, tomato, lettuce, black olives or whatever else you prefer.


*The recipe was revised in 2016 to remove beer since it wasn't necessary. After testing the recipe again in 2022, I added this back in as optional since I like the addition and think it helps with moisture, but the recipe is still fine without it. 


Serving: 200g | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 718mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 12.4mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3.1mg