Have a Party with Slow Cooker Keto Pork Carnitas (Comida Fiesta!)
Slow-cooked Mexican pork that’s juicy and fall-apart tender, then oven-crisped to absolute perfection!
Impress a crowd with this flavorful & authentic slow cooker keto pork carnitas recipe!
Invite your loved ones to feast on this luscious, citrusy pork that cultivates friendship and warmth. There’s just something about carnitas that says, “Let’s celebrate life together!”
The flavor is out of this world!
One notable characteristic of traditional carnitas is the use of citrus, often from a juiced orange and lime. This recipe includes freshly squeezed lime juice. To help maintain a low carb count for this slow cooker keto pork carnitas recipe, we omitted the addition of orange juice. In its place, we added fresh orange zest to provide the equivalent flavor of orange juice minus the high carbohydrate and sugar count.
To keep the meal keto, we used butter leaf lettuce and a cheese tortilla in place of corn or flour tortillas. You could also use the carnitas and toppings to make a carnitas taco salad! YUM!
Tips for making the best slow cooker keto pork carnitas:
- Strain any leftover stock and use it as a killer soup base! It’d be amazing in our Keto Taco Soup!
- Get your shred on with these sleek and wonderfully functional metal meat claws! They make shredding meat so easy!
- Make your own keto cheese taco shells. Topping ideas include sour cream, shredded Monterey jack cheese, cotija cheese, and your favorite hot sauce.
Slow Cooker Keto Pork Carnitas
yield: 14 SERVINGS
prep time: 20 MINUTES
cook time: 8 HOURS
total time: 8 HOURS 20 MINUTES
Slow-cooked Mexican pork that's juicy and fall-apart tender, then oven-crisped to absolute perfection!
- 6 pounds no-bone pork shoulder or butt
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons erythritol
- 2/3 cup yellow onion, finely diced
- 1 large jalapeño, cored, seeded, finely diced
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 14.5 oz can chicken broth
- 2 limes
- 1 tablespoon orange zest, packed (zest from about 1 medium orange)
- 1/2 cup salsa, restaurant style
Your whole family will love this meal!
These slow cooker keto pork carnitas come together so easily and using the slow cooker makes dinner a breeze! We hope this keto carnitas recipe finds a regular place in your menu rotation!
Check out what my Hip sidekick Erica had to say about this keto carnitas recipe:
“SO Y-U-M! The combination of the butter lettuce, cheese tortillas, pico de gallo, guacamole, and pork meat… it’s delicious, juicy, and so good! I’ll definitely be making it again very soon! It is the perfect meal if you are hosting a dinner for a lot of people as it makes a ton of meat (plus, your guests are going to be impressed)!
There are quite a bit of steps involved, but there are lots of ways to speed this process up if you’re short on time (like getting Cheddar Folios Wraps)! The best part is that I made a carnitas salad the next day with all my leftovers and it was amazing!”