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Paleo carnitas

Crockpot Carnitas from Pork Tenderloin (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb, Keto)

Whole30 Crockpot carnitas made from pork tenderloin or pork loin in the slow cooker. An easy, healthy Mexican dinner recipe that's paleo, Whole30, low carb, and keto.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword dinner, keto, mexican, whole30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Slow Cooker Time 4 hours
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 213 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik of 40 Aprons



Crockpot Carnitas

  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin or loin
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeño chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Juice of one lime
  • Juice of one navel orange

To Serve

Equipment Needed


  1. Pat dry pork tenderloin with paper towels. Combine rub ingredients and rub all over tenderloin then place in your Crockpot.

  2. Top with remaining ingredients, cover, and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8 hours. When done, the meat will be cooked through and very tender, easily separated with a fork.

  3. Remove the tenderloin from the Crockpot and shred the meat with two forks. Do not discard juices.

To Serve

  1. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add enough carnitas to cover the surface without crowding and ladle a little of the carnitas juice over. Cook until juice has evaporated and the bottom of carnitas is crispy and browned. Flip and cook briefly, but not until too brown.

  2. Remove from skillet and drizzle with a little more juice. Serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

It's important that you do not use a WHOLE pork loin but the recommended poundage. If you use a whole pork loin, you will not have enough liquid. If you would like to up your poundage, simply multiply the sauce ingredients to make up for the extra meat!

Wait until you're ready to serve to sear the meat in the skillet. Keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container with juices drizzled over until ready to serve.

I recommend this programmable Crockpot.

Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Carnitas from Pork Tenderloin (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb, Keto)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 855mg37%
Potassium 636mg18%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 4.7mg6%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.