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A plate of shredded Chipotle carnitas served with cilantro and chips.

Chipotle Carnitas

This Chipotle carnitas recipe is a remake of the restaurant favorite that features pork roast slow cooked with a variety of spices until tender. An easy dish that works perfectly as a filling for enchiladas, burrito bowls, tacos and more!
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 321kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 pounds pork roast such as pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons juniper berries


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  • Season the pork roast with the salt and pepper.
  • Place the pork in the pot. Cook on both sides for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Transfer the pork to a slow cooker. Add the chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme and juniper berries.
  • Cover and cook for 8 hours on low heat.
  • Uncover the slow cooker and discard the juniper berries and bay leaves.
  • Shred the pork in the slow cooker with two forks.
  • Serve as-is, or place the shredded pork on a sheet pan lined with cooking spray. Spoon 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid over the pork. Broil for 3-4 minutes or until the pork pieces have crispy edges.



Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1091mg | Potassium: 878mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg