Slow- Cooked Carnitas Tacos

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Slow Cooked Carnitas Tacos. This dish is gluten free adaptable– please see notes below the recipe.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 6 hrs

Slow- Cooked Carnitas Tacos

This is a super easy recipe to make. Throw the pork and spices in the crockpot and leave for the day. It shreds easily and then you put it into tortillas for dinner!

Ingredients:

2 pounds boneless country- style pork ribs or pork shoulder (Boston Butt), cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
1/2 large onion, cut into 4 pieces
1 large avocado, halved, pitted & sliced
fresh cilantro & sliced red bell peppers
tortillas (corn or flour)
green chile salsa

Directions:

1. Toss pork in bowl of slow cooker with salt, pepper, and oregano to coat. Place onion pieces atop pork. Cover slow cooker and cook pork on low setting until meat is very tender and falling apart, about 6 hours.

2. Using slotted spoon, transfer pork to cutting board. Discard onion pieces. Using fingers, shred pork; transfer carnitas to platter. Place avocado slices, cilantro sprigs, and sliced red bell peppers, if desired, alongside. Wrap corn or flour tortillas in damp kitchen towel; microwave until warm, about 1 minute. Serve carnitas with warm tortillas and green salsa.

Tips:

*If you need to prepare this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, just be sure to use a GF corn tortilla instead of flour.
*If you need to leave the slow cooker for longer than 6 hours, the pork will be just fine. We left ours in the slow cooker for 10 hours and it was tender as can be.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (via Bon Appetit )

10 Responses to “Slow- Cooked Carnitas Tacos”

  1. postedFeb 19, 2009 8:06 PM
    Stephanie Christidis

    I was so happy to see this recipe on line. I do not know where I placed the Bon Appetit magazine and I have been craving this dinner for weeks. It really is a great recipe and so easy to perfect!

  2. postedJul 23, 2009 11:26 AM
    crystal

    DO YOU ADD ANY WATER OR SAUCE TO THE CROCKPOT? WILL THE MEAT BURN IF YOU DON’T? I’VE NEVER USED ONE BEFORE.

    • July 24th, 2009 @ 7:48 AM
      RecipeGirl

      No, no water is needed… -Lori

  3. postedFeb 19, 2012 6:48 PM
    Kathy

    Don’t you need to add liquid to the crock pot?

    • February 19th, 2012 @ 7:50 PM

      No liquid is needed.

  4. postedFeb 20, 2012 5:19 PM

    Made this tonight – awesome! I served it with steamed and shredded green cabbage – yummy! Thanks for the recipe

  5. postedMar 4, 2012 2:09 PM

    Just and FYI – this is posted on doctoroz.com and you weren’t given credit.

    • March 4th, 2012 @ 3:34 PM

      Hi Judy- thank you so much, but this is a recipe that I shared from Bon Appetit so it is definitely not one of my originals!

  6. postedJun 1, 2013 2:50 PM
    Jamila

    The meat doesn’t burn with no liquid in the crock pot?! I wanted to make this tomorrow and my husband doesn’t believe me when I tell him it doesn’t call for any sort of liquid in with the meat. Help?!

    • June 3rd, 2013 @ 5:00 PM

      Recipe is just fine, as is!

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