Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Carnitas Bowls recipe -

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Carnitas Bowls

Less than 30 minutes of prep for an easy gluten-free weeknight meal. Caramelized sweet potatoes with marinated pork carnitas, black beans, bell peppers and onion.
Course Entree
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy sweet potato carnitas, healthy slow cooker carnitas, paleo slow cooker carnitas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 254kcal
Author Plating Pixels


  • 3 large sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds Smithfield Marinated Boneless Pork Shoulder Carnitas
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced
  • 2 medium yellow or orange bell peppers sliced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans black beans drained
  • Cilantro as garnish


  • Optional: Preheat oven to 425 F. Place sweet potatoes on a foil lined baking sheet in a single layer, drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast 12-15 minutes, or until soft and lightly browned. Remove from heat, cool then chill in fridge. You’ll be adding to slow cooker at end. 
  • Stir together pork, vegetable stock, onion and bell pepper in slow cooker. Cook covered on low heat for 8 hours or high for 2-3 hours. 
  • Once cooked and tender, use forks to pull apart pork into carnitas. Some liquid is ok, but drain extra if needed.
  • Carefully stir in roasted sweet potatoes and black beans. Cook a bit longer if needed to heat through. Serve in bowls with cilantro as garnish.


To save time you can skip first step and add raw sweet potatoes into pot when slow cooking carnitas. However you won't get benefit of roasted, caramelized flavor.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1097mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8210IU | Vitamin C: 40.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2.1mg