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Carnitas Fries

  • Author: Megan
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 Hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x


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  • 1/21 lb lean boneless pork loin roast, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped*
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (you can juice 2-3 oranges or use orange juice)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, salt, AND pepper

Carnitas Fries

  • 1/2 lb extra crispy Frozen fries
  • 1 1/2 cups Mexican cheese blend
  • Toppings: Smashed Avocado, Hot sauce or ranch dressing, Pico de Gallo, Sour cream


To make Carnitas:

  1. Add all of the carnitas ingredients to a slow cooker and give everything a stir to combine. Cook on low for 5-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. The pork is done once it’s shredded easily with a fork.
  2. Remove pork from the slow cooker and shred it with a fork. Add a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid to the pork to add more flavor

To makes Carnitas Fries:

  1. Bake fries on a large baking sheet as directed on the packaging.
  2. Once the fires are done, remove them from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to  350 degrees.
  3. Transfer half the fries to a plate. And gather the other half in the middle of your pan.
  4. Top the fries with ¾ cup of cheese and half of the meat. Layer the remaining fries on top, then add the rest of the meat and cheese.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes, or until cheese starts to melt. Then turn on your broiler and broil for 2-4 minutes so the meat can brown.
  6. Top with sour cream, hot sauce, Pico de Gallo, or smashed avocado.


Included the jalapeno seeds for a medium spice level


  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 310
  • Fat: 18.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Protein: 22g

Keywords: Carnitas Fries, Loaded Fries, Carnitas, Slowcooker