Slow-Cooked Carnitas Tacos

Chad Montano

by | Updated: January 14th, 2020

You don’t have to be a master chef to serve mouthwatering carnitas tacos. By cooking the pork low and slow for 6 to 8 hours, this surprisingly simple version of the Mexican staple offers big flavor with minimal effort. Great for everyday dinners, setting up a taco-bar gathering or prepping freezer-friendly meals for standby, these tacos are your ticket to securing a spot as a Taco Tuesday legend.

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Slow-Cooked Carnitas Tacos

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 30.7 kcal
Author Chad Montano



  1. In small bowl, mix together dry spices. In slow cooker, arrange pork shoulder; rub with spice mixture. Mix in chicken broth, juice from orange and limes, onion and garlic. Cover; cook on low 6 to 8 hours, until fork tender.
  2. Remove pork from slow cooker; let rest 10 minutes. Using forks, shred meat.
  3. On skillet over high heat, cook pork in oil until meat begins to caramelize and develop crust.
  4. Serve on warm tortillas with diced onion, chopped cilantro and salsa.

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Nutrition Facts
Slow-Cooked Carnitas Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 30.7 Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.24g0%
Saturated Fat 0.05g0%
Cholesterol 0.07mg0%
Sodium 695.85mg29%
Potassium 127.56mg4%
Carbohydrates 7.59g3%
Fiber 1.76g7%
Sugar 3.05g3%
Protein 0.94g2%
Vitamin A 179.86IU4%
Vitamin C 18.14mg22%
Calcium 30.87mg3%
Iron 0.49mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.