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.

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!
Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:25 minutes

Cook Time:6 hours

Ingredients:
  • 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
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 (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.
Tips:
  • If you need to prepare this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, just be sure to use a GF corn tortilla instead of flour.
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com (via Bon Appetit)