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Pork Carnitas Tacos: Easy Crockpot Recipe

These Pork Carnitas Tacos are simple and the perfect weeknight crockpot meal. The meat also saves well and can be added to a variety of other dishes!

March 17, 2019 (Last Updated: September 1, 2019)
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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 Crockpot Tacos?

The kitchen tools you will need for this Crockpot Pork Carnitas recipe are:

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

The ingredients needed for this crockpot pork tacos are:

  • Pork Butt
  • An Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Garlic
  • Spices 
  • Orange and Lime Juice
  • Tortillas 
  • Mango Avocado Salsa

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How Do You Make Crockpot Pork Carnitas Tacos?

  1. First, you need to cook your pork. Personally, I like to chop the pork into six or so large hunks to help it cook faster.
  2. Next chop your onion, mince your garlic and jalapeno and add those along with everything else into your crockpot.
  3. Next, cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours. The meat should be super tender and falling apart when finished.
  4. 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.
  5. Finally, you will want to prepare your pork carnitas 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.

Common Crockpot Carnitas Recipe Questions

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 leftover pork carnitas tacos, reheat in the oven or the microwave until warm.

Can I freeze crockpot carnitas?

Yes! To freeze this pork carnitas tacos recipe combine all ingredients in a large freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to cook the pork carnitas let de-thaw in the fridge overnight then follow carnitas recipe instructions. 

Can I use any type of pork for this crockpot carnitas recipe?

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

What are some good pairings for these pork carnitas tacos?

Personally, I recommend pairing these pork carnitas 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 the classic diced white onion and cilantro combo. Also, you could add any of your favorite taco toppings to these crockpot pork carnitas.

Do I have to make tacos with the crockpot pork carnitas?

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?!

Vegetarian Quesadillas

Chicken Enchilada Puffs 

Baked Chicken Enchilada Dip

Pork Carnitas Nachos with Homemade Queso

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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 Tacos, Easy Crockpot Carnitas, Pork Carnitas Tacos
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 374kcal


  • 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

  • 12 Corn or Flour Taco Tortillas
  • Mango Avocado Salsa Optional
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro
  • White Onion Diced


  • 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!
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Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Pork Carnitas Tacos
Amount Per Serving (1 Taco)
Calories 374 Calories from Fat 88
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.8g15%
Saturated Fat 3.6g23%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 550mg24%
Potassium 493mg14%
Carbohydrates 27.2g9%
Fiber 1.7g7%
Sugar 2.4g3%
Protein 39.7g79%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* 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.  


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: 90mg | Iron: 3.4mg
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  • Reply
    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

  • Reply
    March 18, 2019 at 12:19 pm

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

    • Reply
      March 26, 2019 at 1:36 am

      So good! Glad you loved them!

  • Reply
    March 18, 2019 at 12:17 pm

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

    • Reply
      March 26, 2019 at 1:36 am

      Yes, this is perfect for easy dinners!

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

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

    • Reply
      March 26, 2019 at 1:37 am

      Thank you! We love them!

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

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

    • Reply
      March 26, 2019 at 1:37 am

      Thank you! 🙂

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