Slow Cooker Carnitas Burrito Bowls

Take an hour out of your day to prep these amazing slow cooker carnitas burrito bowls! We’ll show you how to make Crockpot carnitas and even throw in directions for Instant Pot carnitas so that you can make the most epic meal prep burrito bowls around town! 

Prep: 20 minutesCook: 6 hoursTotal: 6 hours 20 minutes
Fat 18 Carbs 29 Protein 32
Yield 4 1x


Pork Carnitas

  • 1 pound pork loin or pork butt (option to use chicken breast instead)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 oz. can green chiles

Street Corn Salad

  • 1 15-oz. can yellow sweet corn, drained
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, fresh
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Other Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz. can black beans
  • 48 cups romaine lettuce
  • Lime wedges


Pork Carnitas

  1. Place about 2 tablespoons of olive on the bottom of a large pan. Heat to medium/high heat. Sear pork on all sides for 1 minute per side.
  2. Transfer seared pork into your slow cooker and add a little more olive oil and garlic. Turn heat to low and cook for 6-8 hours*.
  3. Once pork is tender, remove pork and shred with 2 forks. Place shredded pork and about 1/4 cup – 1/3 cup of the juice from the slow cooker into a large bowl and add the rest of the carnitas ingredients and mix.

Street Corn Salad

  1. Place all ingredients into a medium-size bowl and mix.

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Bowl Assembly

  1. Place about 2 cups of romaine lettuce on the bottom of your bowl. Then add 1/4 of the meat (4 oz.), about 3/4 cup cilantro lime brown rice, 1/2 cup street corn, and 1/4 cup black beans.
  2. Serve with fresh lime and more cotija!

Tips & Notes

  • Slow Cooker: We recommend cooking for 6-8 hours on low for tender pork, however, if you are in a rush you can cook the pork on high for 2-4 hours.
  • Instant Pot: If you’d like to make Instant Pot Carnitas, turn your Instant Pot to the saute function. Add olive oil to the bottom and sear all sides of your pork for 1 minute. Then, turn your Instant Pot off and add garlic and a little more olive oil to your Instant Pot. Close lid, turn the valve to seal, and cook on manual high for 60 to 90 minutes. Once the timer has gone off, quick release your Instant Pot to let out the steam. Shred and add the rest of the carnitas ingredients. Option to follow THIS recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 Calories: 407 Sugar: 5 Fat: 18 Carbohydrates: 29 Fiber: 12 Protein: 32
Author: Lee HershCategory: DinnerMethod: Slow CookerCuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Slow Cooker Carnitas