Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos

Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos
Staff Writer

Jane Bruce

As the weather cools down, there is nothing like coming home to an apartment filled with the aroma of meat that has been slow-cooking all day. These carnitas made my kitchen smell amazing, and they were delicious and easy to make, too.

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Generously season the pork on all sides with cumin, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the pork to the pan and brown on all sides, approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Add chicken stock, orange juice, lime juice, and garlic to slow cooker. Add pork to slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. After 8 hours, remove pork from slow cooker and shred the meat with 2 forks. Add back to slow cooker and adjust seasoning as necessary. Cook on high for 20 minutes.

Before serving, re-brown carnitas in a pan over high heat to add an additional crust to the meat. 

To assemble, top tortillas with carnitas, then add pickled onions, avocado, and cotija cheese. Enjoy!


Calories per serving:

377 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Paleo, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 29g 45%
  • Carbs 2g 1%
  • Saturated 9g 47%
  • Fiber 0g 2%
  • Sugars 0g
  • Monounsaturated 14g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 25g 50%
  • Cholesterol 101mg 34%
  • Sodium 115mg 5%
  • Calcium 31mg 3%
  • Magnesium 29mg 7%
  • Potassium 469mg 13%
  • Iron 2mg 10%
  • Zinc 4mg 26%
  • Phosphorus 268mg 38%
  • Vitamin A 3µg 0%
  • Vitamin C 4mg 7%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 73%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 24%
  • Niacin (B3) 6mg 29%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 26%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 9µg 2%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 17%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 3%
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