Chipotle's Carnitas (Pulled Pork)

Chipotle's Carnitas (pulled Pork) Recipe

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Kimberly Fish


I had some serious cravings for taco carnitas and chips from Chipotle while I was pregnant with my sons. This recipe tastes exactly like theirs. We serve this on warm soft shells with a mix of monterey jack and white cheddar cheese. The kids also like to squeeze a bit of lime juice on their tacos. I can't believe it was this easy to make. The leftovers freeze well.

★★★★★ 3 votes
10 Min
6 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


3 lb
boneless butt pork roast
3 Tbsp
oil (canola, olive or vegetable)
3 - 4
bay leaves
1-2 Tbsp
juniper berries
1 sprig(s)
fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme)

How to Make Chipotle's Carnitas (Pulled Pork)


  • 1Season pork well on all sides with salt and pepper.
  • 2Heat oil in a large skillet.
  • 3Sear pork in hot oil on all sides, approximately 3 minutes per side or until dark golden brown.
  • 4Place the roast in a crock pot and add bay leaves, thyme and juniper berries.
  • 5Cover and cook on low until meat is tender and shreds easily. Time will vary depending on how large your cut of meat is. We usually have a 3-4 pound roast and it takes @ 6 - 7 hours. You can start it on high for 2 hours and turn it down as well.

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About Chipotle's Carnitas (Pulled Pork)

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American