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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

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Get ready for a fiesta of flavors with this mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas recipe. Using tender and juicy HORMEL® Original Pork Tenderloin along with a blend of aromatic spices, this dish will become a favorite in your household. The slow cooker does all the work, infusing the pork with rich flavors, while you sit back and let the magic happen. Let’s get started!

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2 (1 ½ pound) HORMEL® Original Pork Tenderloin
1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth
2 teaspoons chili powder
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 lime, quartered
3 bay leaves
4 garlic cloves, smashed
Garnish: avocado, limes, cilantro, tomatoes


  1. In a small bowl, stir together chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt. Rub mixture over tenderloins. Place tenderloins in a 4-quart slow cooker. Add lime, bay leaves and garlic cloves.

  2. Carefully add chicken broth, taking care not to remove rub from pork.

  3. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours until fork tender. Remove pork and place on cutting mat. Shred with two forks. Add reserved juice as needed to moisten pork.

  4. Serve over tortillas, nachos or salad. Garnish if desired.