Crispy Crockpot Carnitas with Spicy Avocado Crema
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Seriously THE MOST AMAZING crispy crockpot pork carnitas. The meat has so much flavor, and the spicy avocado crema is to die for!
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 lb. boneless pork shoulder (pork butt)
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. chipotle powder
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 oranges, juiced and zested
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • ¼ cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • Corn tortillas, for serving
  • Fresh cilantro, for serving
  • Raw sliced red onion, for serving
  • Avocado crema, for serving (recipe below)
  • Avocado Crema:
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. honey or agave
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper (optional, if you like it spicy!)
  • salt & pepper
  1. First, cut your pork into 2" cubes.
  2. Aggressively season the pork all over with salt, pepper, and chipotle powder.
  3. If a cube has a fat cap on it, (white) make a 1" cut into the fat with your knife and stick a piece of garlic in it.
  4. Place the pork cubes in the slow cooker sitting fat sides up.
  5. Nestle the cinnamon sticks and onion quarters around the pork.
  6. Pour the freshly squeezed orange juice and freshly squeezed lime juice over the pork. Sprinkle the zest from the oranges and lime over the pork as well. Drizzle the oil evenly over everything.
  7. Secure the lid to your slow cooker and cook on high heat for 4 hours, or low heat for 8 hours.
  8. When the meat is finished cooking, carefully transfer the chunks one by one onto a baking sheet. Remove the fat from each piece, then shred the meat with two forks. It should fall apart easily.
  9. Drizzle some of the residual sauce in the slow cooker over the meat, and then put the sheet pan in your oven.
  10. Turn your broiler on high, and let it broil in there for about 7 minutes. Keep an eye on it. You want the meat to get slightly blacked and crispy along the edges.
  11. Meanwhile, make the avocado crema.
  12. In a blender or food processor purée the avocado, juice of 3 limes, sour cream, cilantro, honey, cumin, your hot pepper of choice, and a pinch of salt and pepper until smooth and creamy.
  13. Char some corn tortillas over your burner, and serve the pork tacos with fresh cilantro, raw onion, and some spicy avocado crema. Absolute heaven!
Recipe by Ally's Cooking at