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Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas Tacos Slow Cooker Recipe

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We love slow cooker meals because they are so easy to have ready. I love the taste fruit and spices with meat, and I also love authentic Mexican food, so this Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas was born.

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While my Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas is not exactly authentic, as I used some different, interesting flavors, it is based off of the classic recipe. Pork Carnitas is a Mexican slow cooker pulled pork. It has citrus flavor notes and a crispy texture.

My Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas is delicious and has such a refreshing flavor. My husband could not get enough of it! The recipe features DOLE Fruit n’ Spice Chili Lime Mango Chunks, which I will share more about later.

Chili Lime Pork Carnitas Tacos

Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas

The first step is to prep the meat. You will want to rinse and dry the pork. I just dried it with a flour sack kitchen towel. Rub in salt and pepper.

 Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas Step 1

In a small dish, combine olive oil, oregano, and cumin until a thick sort of paste is formed, then rub this onto the pork.

 Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas Step 2

Place the pork into the slow cooker, fat side up.

To the slow cooker and pork, add the onion, garlic, jalapeno, orange juice, and mango. If you would like, you can add the entire jalapeno for more flavor. Slow cook on low for 8-10 hours. I ran out of time near the end of 8 hours, so I upped it to high for about an hour to speed up the cooking, so that is an option if you do not have the time to wait for it to get completely tender slowly.

 Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas Step 3

The pork should easily pull apart once it is finished cooking.

 Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas> Step 4

Once it has finished cooking, remove the fat and large pieces of fruits or vegetables if you do not wish to keep them in with the meat. Remove the liquid as well and set aside.

Let the pork cool off some, then shred it apart with two forks.

In a large pan, heat the vegetable oil then add the shredded pork and saute a few minutes, pressing down on the top so the under side gets crispy.

 Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas Step 5

Serve immediately. Add some of the juices to the meat when you serve. Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas is great served as is, added to tacos, or on a sandwich.

 Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas with DOLE Fruit n' Spice

We served our Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas on homemade flour tortilla shells (they were so easy to make and delicious–I just used a generic recipe I found online and my kids helped too) with toppings like red onions, DOLE Chili Lime Mango chunks, avocado, and cilantro.

 Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas Tacos with Toppings Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas

Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas
Yield: 6 servings

Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 10 minutes

This Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas is a crispy, tangy slow cooker pulled pork, a twist on the classic Mexican dish.


  • 5 lbs pork shoulder/pork butt, bone-in
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ to 1 whole jalapeno, seeded and de-ribbed, chopped
  • juice of ½ an orange
  • 1 cup DOLE Fruit n' Spice Chili Lime Mango Chunks
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Rinse and dry the pork, then massage salt and pepper onto the meat.
  2. Mix together the olive oil, oregano, and cumin, then rub the mixture onto the meat. Place it into the slow cooker, fatty side up.
  3. Add in the mango, orange juice, jalapeno, garlic, and onion. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Once the meat is tender, remove the fat and any large pieces of vegetables or fruits you do not wish to keep in the mix. Remove the liquid and set aside.
  5. Using two forks, shred the pork.
  6. In a large pan, heat the vegetable oil then saute the pork, pressing down on top with a spatula until the under side is crispy.
  7. Serve immediately, drizzling a little of the reserved juices over the top. A great serving option is to make tacos. Layer the pork onto a homemade flour tortilla shell and top with things like cilantro, more of the mango chunks thawed and cut into smaller bits, red onions, and avocado.


This makes a pretty large batch of pulled pork. If you cannot eat it all right away, reserve some in a freezer container with some of the juice added, before the pan frying step. Once you are ready to make it again, thaw and reheat, remove the juices, and pan fry per the directions here.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1410Total Fat: 99gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 55gCholesterol: 369mgSodium: 672mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 99g

This nutrition information is auto-generated. Nutritional values may change with specific items and brands used, so manual calculation is recommended if exact nutritional counts are needed.

DOLE Fruit n’ Spice comes in three varieties: Chili Lime Mango Chunks, Honey Lime Pineapple Chunks, and Cinnamon Apple Slices. You can find them in the frozen food aisle. Let them thaw slightly before eating them as a snack. You can also send them through a food processor and make them into ice cream!

DOLE Fruit n' Spice

Since I am a big fan of spices, I absolutely loved the Chili Lime Mango Chunks. They are sweet with a kick. Some pieces can get pretty spicy, but I love it. These are a great snack and are delicious in recipes. DOLE has a recipe for mango salsa using these and I have to try it!

DOLE Fruit n' Spice Mango

The Cinnamon Apple Slices are great on their own, with yogurt, in mini pies…I treat them like pie apples. These have a little kick to them too–they have a hint of chili powder in there!

DOLE Fruit n' Spice Apple

If you are not a big fan of spiciness, you will love the DOLE Fruit n’ Spice Honey Lime Pineapple Chunks. They are sweet and a little tangy. These would be great in yogurt, a smoothie, or with some chicken and rice (I’m thinking Hawaiian Chicken is on the menu.).

DOLE Fruit n' Spice Pineapple

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  1. I want to try the Cinnamon Apple Slices.

  2. This look like great snacks that the kids could take to school! Would love to try them out too!

  3. I like the cinnamon apple slices flavor

  4. Cinnamon Apple Slices for the win

  5. The cinnamon apple slices would be a win here!

  6. I think the honey lime pineapple chunks would be terrific. These would go great in lunches or in recipes. Brilliant!

  7. Everything about this recipe looks amazing. What a perfect use of the spicy mango!

  8. stephanie scales campbell

    This recipe looks really yummy, i love dole products so that makes it even better.

  9. I’d love to try the spicy mango. Dole products are a staple in our home. Your recipe sounds amazing too!

  10. Gabrielle D'Addario

    I’d like to try all of them but I think Spicy Mango might be first on my list to try. These would be really good in Mango salsa!

  11. These sound delicious! I bet the honey lime pineapple would be good with grilled shrimp!

  12. Love your combination of spices and flavors!! I will definitely make this with beef soon!

  13. I really want to try the cinnamon apple slices!

  14. I would love to try the chili lime mango chunks!

  15. The cinnamon apple slices sound really good!

  16. I would love to try the cinnamon apple ones

  17. I think the chili lime mango sounds yummy.

  18. Cinnamon Apple Slices!!

  19. I want to try the Honey Lime Pineapple Chunks. Sounds delicious!

  20. I would love to try the Honey Lime Pineapple!

  21. Tiffany Greene Elliott

    I would love to try the cinnamon apple slices or honey lime slices first! Thank you!

  22. anjie Oswalt-Smith

    Honey lime pineapple chuncks sound amazing!!

  23. we make carnitas all of the time. But I just normally use beer and a banana pepper.

  24. These sound really tasty and I love this pork recipe.

  25. very cool. can’t wait to try them!

  26. Very cool. I can’t wait to try them!

  27. Great recipe. I would love to try the Honey Like Pinapple Chunks for a salsa to add to meat.

  28. I’d love to try the Honey Lime Pineapple Chunks. Thanks for the review!

  29. Leigh Anne Borders

    I did not know about those products. They seem cool. The cinnamon apple slices I would love to try.

  30. Sounds like I am with everyone else…would love to try the cinnamon apple slices

  31. I agree, cinnamon apple slices.

  32. I would love to try the cinnamon apple slices. This sounds so delicious.

  33. The Chili Lime Mangos sound interesting.

  34. The Chili Lime Mango Pork Carnitas Tacos sound amazing!!

  35. I’d like to try Cinnamon & Apple Slices first.

  36. I want to try the cinnamon apple slices.

  37. Love your newsletter keep up good work feel better soon

  38. I have not seen these before but must find them in our supermarket. Im so intrigued by them. I can think of uses for all of them.

  39. Chili Lime Mango Chunks look AMAZING!

  40. We love our slow cooker. The meat comes out so much more flavorful, tender, and juicy.

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