Slow Cooked Carnitas Tacos

Always a family favorite for dinner, these Slow Cooked Carnitas Tacos are so easy to make in your Crock-Pot!

Carnitas Tacos on a plate

My family loves these tacos. We put them together with low carb tortillas, avocado, green chile salsa, light sour cream, cilantro and red bell pepper. Mango salsa is also a great combination with the pork.  Add some juicy slices of watermelon and you’ve got yourself a nice, summery Mexican meal.

If you’re looking for more great recipes for tacos, you might also enjoy Roasted Vegetable and Black Bean Tacos and Broiled Fish Tacos.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

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!


  • 2 pounds boneless country- style pork ribs or pork shoulder (Boston Butt), cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces and trim some of the fat off and discard
  • 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 (I've left it up to 10 hours, and it's been perfect either way).
  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.
SOURCE: (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


    • postedJul 24, 2009 7:48 AM

      No, no water is needed… -Lori

  3. postedFeb 19, 2012 6:48 PM

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

    • postedFeb 19, 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 and you weren’t given credit.

    • postedMar 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!

  6. postedJun 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?!

    • postedJun 3, 2013 5:00 PM

      Recipe is just fine, as is!

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