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pork carnitas tacos
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Pork Carnitas Tacos

Deliciously crispy pork carnitas served taco-style with lime, cilantro, and red onion. The pork is cooked until tender in a slow cooker with fresh lime & orange juice. It's then broiled in the oven until crispy & ready for tacos!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs 10 mins
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 6 - 8 tacos


To make carnitas: 

  • 4 pounds boneless skinless pork shoulder (or butt)
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 yellow onion quartered
  • 2 oranges juiced
  • 3 limes juiced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

To make the tacos: 

  • ¾ cup red onion diced
  • ¾ cup cilantro chopped
  • 6 - 8 Tortillas
  • 3 - 4 Limes cut into wedges


Make the carnitas: 

  • Mix together the chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub it over the pork on all sides. 
  • Add the pork to the slow cooker along with the orange juice, lime juice, onion and garlic on top. 
  • Cook for 8 - 10 hours on low or 5 - 6 hours on high. The pork should be fall-apart tender. 
  • Take the pork out of the slow cooker and shred it on a cutting board using 2 forks. 
  • Place the pork on a baking sheet in one layer and pour in 1 cup liquid from the slow cooker. Add pork to the oven, turn the oven to broil at 450 degrees and cook for 7 - 10 minutes, until the edges of the pork are crispy. 

Assemble the tacos: 

  • Make your tacos by layering your tortilla with carnitas, onion, cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. 


  • Onion: you can use either red onion or white onion for topping your carnitas.
  • Avocado: adding avocado or guacamole on top of your tacos is also tasty!
  • To make this recipe gluten-free or paleo: This recipe is naturally all of these categories, except for the tortillas. Swap out your tortilla to fit your eating style. For example, Cassava Flour Tortillas fit these diets (gluten-free & paleo).