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.

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Slow- Cooked Carnitas Tacos

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 6 hrs

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!


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


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.


*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: (via Bon Appetit )

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10 Responses to “Slow- Cooked Carnitas Tacos”

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    Stephanie Christidis — February 19, 2009 @ 8:06 PM

    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!

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    crystal — July 23, 2009 @ 11:26 AM


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    RecipeGirl — July 24, 2009 @ 7:48 AM

    No, no water is needed… -Lori

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    Kathy — February 19, 2012 @ 6:48 PM

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

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    Lori Lange — February 19, 2012 @ 7:50 PM

    No liquid is needed.

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    Judy — February 20, 2012 @ 5:19 PM

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

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    Judy — March 4, 2012 @ 2:09 PM

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

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    Lori Lange — March 4, 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!

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    Jamila — June 1, 2013 @ 2:50 PM

    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?!

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    Lori Lange — June 3, 2013 @ 5:00 PM

    Recipe is just fine, as is!