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Pork Carnitas Tacos: Easy Crockpot Recipe

These Crockpot Pork Carnitas Tacos are the best, easy weeknight dinner recipe. A great combination of Mexican spices, cilantro, and lime for the perfect flavor. Top with mango avocado salsa for the perfect finish. #Mexican #food #recipe #crockpot #slowcooker #pork

Is there anything better than tacos? Very few things in my book, and these Pork Carnitas Tacos rank among some of my family’s all time favorites! The meat is both juicy and crispy and can be used for tons of different things besides tacos. Also, this recipe is super simple and perfect for weeknight dinners, because it is made in the crockpot with little prep work. Whether you are hosting a potluck or cooking family dinner this Mexican taco recipe is perfect for your needs!

Overhead shot of pork carnitas meat in a white bowl topped with cilantro.

What Do You Need To Make Pork Carnitas Tacos?

The kitchen tools you will need for this recipe are:

  • A Crockpot/Slow Cooker
  • A Knife and Cutting Board
  • A Cookie Sheet

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How Do You Make Pork Carnitas Tacos?

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First, you need to cook your pork. Personally, I like to chop the meat into six or so large hunks to help it cook faster. Next chop your onion, mince your garlic and jalapeno and add those along with everything else into your crockpot. Next, cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours. The meat should be super tender and falling apart when finished. Second, you will shred and remove the cooked meat from the crockpot and place it on a cookie sheet. Broil on high for 5-10 minutes until the meat is browned and crispy. Also, you can toss the meat and broil an additional couple of minutes if needed.

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Finally, you will want to prepare your tacos. I like to use flour tortillas for mine, but you could use corn instead if you prefer. Place a generous amount of meat on the tortilla then top with Mango Avocado Salsa, fresh cilantro and enjoy warm!

Tacos on a wooden cutting board with a bowl of salsa and silver spoon on the right.

How long do pork carnitas tacos stay good for?

The cooked pork will stay good for up to 4 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. To re-warm leftovers reheat in the oven or the microwave until warm.

Can I use any type of pork for this recipe?

If you cannot find pork butt at your local store you can use another cut of pork like pork shoulder. You want to use a cut that has a good amount of fat on it. This helps develop the flavor while it cooks. I do not recommend using a leaner meat like pork chops for this recipe.

What are some good pairings for these tacos?

Personally, I recommend pairing these tacos with my Mango Avocado Salsa and cilantro. The flavor is very fresh and bright and compliments the meat well. Alternatively, you could pair with your favorite mild or spicy salsa, lettuce, cheese, or any of your favorite taco toppings.

Do I have to make tacos?

Of course not! This meat is very versatile and can be used for burrito bowls, on top of a salad, in a quesadilla or burrito, on Pork Carnitas Nachos with Homemade Queso or just plain on its own with a side of rice and beans. This recipe makes a large amount and the leftovers can be used in a variety of ways, so you will never get bored.

Shredded pork carnitas meat in a white bowl with a wooden spoon on the left.

Looking For More Mexican Dishes?!

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Pork Carnitas Tacos Recipe

These Crockpot Pork Carnitas Tacos are the best, easy weeknight dinner recipe. A great combination of Mexican spices, cilantro, and lime for the perfect flavor. Top with mango avocado salsa for the perfect finish. #Mexican #food #recipe #crockpot #slowcooker #pork
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Crockpot Pork Carnitas Tacos

These Crockpot Pork Carnitas Tacos are an easy and flavorful weeknight dinner recipe. Pair with mango avocado salsa for the perfect finish!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: Crockpot, Pork Carnitas Tacos
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 374kcal
Author: caitlyn

Ingredients

  • 3 Lbs Pork Butt
  • 1 Onion Chopped
  • 5 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 Jalapeno Minced-Optional
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice

For Serving

Instructions

  • Chop the pork butt or shoulder into 6 large chunks. Place all ingredients into a crockpot and cook on high for 6 hours, or low for 8 hours. The meat should be extremely tender and falling apart when finished. Once finished, remove and shred.  
  • Place shredded meat on a cookie sheet and broil for 5-10 minutes on high until the meat is crispy and browned. 
  • To serve place meat onto a tortilla and top with Mango Avocado Salsa, cilantro and cheese. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Pork Carnitas Tacos
Amount Per Serving (1 Taco)
Calories 374 Calories from Fat 88
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.8g 15%
Saturated Fat 3.6g 18%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 550mg 23%
Potassium 493mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 27.2g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
Sugars 2.4g
Protein 39.7g 79%
Calcium 9%
Iron 19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutritional Information does not include Mango Lime Salsa. Please see recipe notes for the Mango Lime Salsa recipe for details.  

Nutrition

Serving: 1Taco | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.2g | Protein: 39.7g | Fat: 9.8g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 550mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 2.4g | Calcium: 9% | Iron: 19%
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11 Comments

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    Mango Avocado Salsa: Fresh Summer Salsa | Erhardts Eat
    March 17, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    […] I love eating this salsa with chips, on top of tacos, quesadillas or over the top of a salad. If you are looking for a wonderful main dish to pair this with try these Crockpot Pork Carnitas Tacos! […]

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    Amy | The Cook Report
    March 18, 2019 at 9:53 am


    These tacos look amazing, I love how perfectly cooked that meat is!

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      March 26, 2019 at 1:37 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    March 18, 2019 at 10:42 am


    i love making pork carnitas in the crockpot. it’s so easy and they always come out delicious! such a wonderful recipe!

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      March 26, 2019 at 1:37 am

      Thank you! We love them!

  • Reply
    Demeter
    March 18, 2019 at 12:17 pm


    So easy using the slow cooker! This looks like a flavorful weeknight dinner.

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      March 26, 2019 at 1:36 am

      Yes, this is perfect for easy dinners!

  • Reply
    Jen
    March 18, 2019 at 12:19 pm


    My whole family loved this! We added rice and guacamole to the tacos too. Can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow!

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      March 26, 2019 at 1:36 am

      So good! Glad you loved them!

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    sue | the view from great island
    March 18, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Love the tacos…but that salsa? Just hand me a BIG spoon <3 <3

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    Pork Carnitas Nachos with Homemade Queso | Erhardts Eat
    April 3, 2019 at 1:51 am

    […] one of my favorite guilty pleasure foods. It is perfect for a busy weeknight when I have leftover Crockpot Pork Carnitas, or for a party to share with friends. This recipe is awesome because the meat can be made ahead of […]

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