Pulled Pork Adobo Carnitas

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Pulled Pork Adobo Carnitas

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Adjust Servings:
2 pds Pork shoulder or pork butt
1 tbsp Cooking oil (your favorite)
3/4 cup Water
4 adobo, chopped Chipotles in adobo sauce
1 medium Onion
1 tbsp Adobo Sauce
1 Lime
1 large Orange
1 tbsp Pasilla Molido Chile Powder
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
1 tbsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Dry Oregano
Salt and pepper (to taste)
1 medium Onion
1 cup, chopped Cilantro
  • Slow Cooker/Instant Pot
  • Spicy

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork with adobo carnitas are tangy, sweet with a hint of spicy!

  • 8 hours
  • Serves 7
  • Medium





These Pulled Pork Adobe Carnitas (Mexican Tacos) are so darn delicious, and are similar to the popular Pulled Pork Carnitas that we have come to know and love. The only difference here is that we are adding “adobe peppers” which give this pork a little sweet heat along with Pasilla Molido Chile, which is flavorful but not overly hot and has earthy tones that go well when paired with fruit = orange and lime juice.

Pulled Pork Adobe Carnitas

So when you add the whole orange into the slow cooker along with these chiles something amazing happens. This recipe can feed roughly 7 people, so if it’s just the two of you dining tonight. Then you can certainly enjoy this the next day and probably have a few meal preps to pack also for the week ahead if you like.

Pulled Pork Adobo

The nice thing about mexican food is that you can make a lot of it in a short period of time, and then enjoy fresh tacos all throughout the week. Not to mention it’s super easy to make, all you are doing is a little prep that takes less than 5 minutes and then placing everything inside your slow cooker for the day. Then you simply will be coming home to just shred the pork and placing it under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp it up.

Pulled Pork Adobo Carnitas

Then you will be ready to have a feast fit for a Mexican Queen or King. I love the ingredients in this recipe, everything tastes so fresh. Adding fresh lime juice along with a fresh orange juice really makes the flavors pop.

Pulled Pork Adobo Carnitas

Also the addition of the the raw onions surprisingly work so well here too, trust me or I should say the Mexicans! So be sure not to skip on those very important ingredients. Serve this up on some corn tortillas along with some avocados and sour cream if desired. I hope you enjoy, ARRIBA MEXICO!


To make the “Pulled Pork Adobo Carnitas” (Mexican Tacos):

  1. Start by heating rinsing and pat drying the pork.
  2. Then heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in your slow cooker and sear your pork on all four sides, you can also cut your pork into four pieces if desired.
  3. Once lightly browned, turn off heat and make sure the pork is fat side up.
  4. Take out four adobo chiles from the can and chop them finely, then add to a small mixing bowl along with 1 tbsp of the adobo sauce, lime juice and water. Image result for pasilla molido chile

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  1. Next chop the garlic and onion finley add add to the bowl along with all the spices.
  2. Squeeze the juice from one orange into the bowl and then cut the orange inside out.
  3. Then pour everything over the pork.
  4. Place the leftover orange core around the pork also. 
  5. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or until pork is tender.
  6. Once tender, take the pork out (keep the remaining juices in the pot) and shred your pork on a cutting board with two forks. shredding the pork carnitas
  7. Add the pork back into the slow cooker and toss in the juices.
  8. Next place your pulled pork on a large non stick baking sheet and drizzle half a cup of the remaining juices from the crock pot over top.
  9. Turn your oven on the *(broil setting) and broil on a large non stick baking sheet for 5 minutes, turn over your shredded pork and broil another 5 minutes till desired crispness.
  10. Pour another half cup of sauce over the broiled pork. broiled pork carnitas
  11. Serve warm in tortillas, and add your  favorite toppings such as avocado, pico de gallo, onions cilantro etc
  12. Enjoy!


Pulled Pork Adobo Carnitas


NOTE: Don’t forget to broil the pork once it’s been shredded, this ensures the meat is crispy just like they serve in Mexico. Just make sure you are pouring half a cup of the sauce overtop the shredded pork before and after broiling.  This shredded pork can be served in burritos, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas and or over rice.

Pulled Pork Adobo Carnitas

Looking for an awesome recipe for Mexican Salsa? Check out my recipe for Pico De Gallo this goes great with these Carnitas also.

cabbage pico de gallo



Looking for some MEAL PREP inspiration? Well this recipe is great for that. You can have dinner for two and then create four meal prep bowls for the week ahead. Simply make some rice on the side, and add them to each bowl along with a torn up corn tortilla. Top with onions and cilantro and drizzle the sauce from the slow cooker directly overtop. ENJOY!

Pulled Pork Adobo Carnitas



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Pulled Pork Adobo Carnitas


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