Crockpot Carnitas & Paleo Nachos

Crockpot Carnitas & Paleo Nachos by Worthy Pause

I was convinced I had already posted this carnitas recipe ages ago, but I guess I never got any decent photos so I was holding off. No matter! BEHOLD.

This has been my go-to crockpot recipe for as long as I’ve owned a crockpot.

I consider myself fairly well-versed in good food. Like, really good food. However, like any red-blooded American, I do enjoy trip to Chipotle now and again. It just can’t be helped. This recipe is so easy and nearly an exact replica of the Chipotle carnitas (if that matters to you). Regardless, it’s just good stuff. Obviously, you’re going to need a small fortune’s worth of guacamole to go with this.

Chipotle-Inspired Crockpot Carnitas 

Paleo & Whole30-approved
3.5 lb pork roast
Sea salt and pepper (lots of salt and pepper, don’t be shy)
Olive oil
1 T dried thyme
4 bay leaves
1 cup (or more) chicken broth

Roll the pork roast around in salt and pepper to coat generously. Heat olive oil in skillet and brown roast on all sides to seal in the juices (maybe 2-3 min per side). Throw in the crockpot with all the other ingredients and cook on low for at least 6 hours. Shred and then EAT. Caveat: I suggest making it a day ahead because it really gets better after it has a chance to hang out in its broth after it has been shredded.

Paleo Roasted Pepper Nachos
Small sweet peppers, halved
Filling of choice

Fill the peppers with carnitas or whatever you like (I got lazy and only put meat in them this time) and then bake for 10 min at 350 degrees.

Thoughts, ideas and other uses:

  • This is a great starter pulled pork recipe, so just change up the seasoning to your liking and you’re set for endless alternatives.
  • Serve on cilantro-cauliflower rice with salsas, lettuce, etc.

Crockpot Carnitas & Paleo Nachos by Worthy Pause

Let’s also talk about the fact that I met the Chili’s logo while I was making the roasted pepper nachos.

Crockpot Carnitas & Paleo Nachos by Worthy Pause
Celebrity sighting. PPPHHHBBBT.
P.S. If you like porky recipes, these potsticker meatballs are everything. Also, this chimichurri is really good on chops or as a carnitas condiment. And this breakfast sausage is killer.



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  1. says


    So I guess the roast doesn't get totally submerged in the broth after putting it in the crockpot? 1 Cup would mainly be to moisten the roast?

  2. says

    I was searching for simple crock pot pork roast recipes for my second Whole30 and came across this recipe–simply delicious! Husband and I were both so pleased with the way it turned out.

    Also, I thought you looked familiar, when suddenly I realized that you were to community manager for Yelp in Minneapolis! I was an elite for a year (different last name back then) and went to a few of the events–never forget the moto-i blowup and subsequent gift-card-for-everyone fiasco. I always thought those events were so much fun.

    Anyway, tasty food, lovely website…hope all is well! Thanks for the great recipe!