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!
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!
What Do You Need To Make Pork Carnitas Tacos?
The kitchen tools you will need for this 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
- Orange and Lime Juice
- Mango Avocado Salsa
How Do You Make Pork Carnitas Tacos?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Common Pork Tacos 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 leftovers reheat in the oven or the microwave until warm.
Can I freeze crockpot pork carnitas?
Yes! To freeze combine all ingredients in a large freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to cook let de-thaw in the fridge overnight then follow recipe instructions.
Can I use any type of pork for this crockpot 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 the classic diced white onion and cilantro combo. Also, you could add 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.
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Crockpot Pork Carnitas Tacos
- 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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