Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos

Jane Bruce


  •   One 2 1/2-pound boneless pork shoulder
  •   Cumin, to taste
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  •   Chili powder, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup  chicken stock
  • 1/4 Tablespoon  orange juice
  •   Juice from 1 lime
  • cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  •   Corn tortillas, for serving
  •   Picked onions, for serving
  •   Avocado, for serving
  •   Cotija cheese, for serving

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 233g 359%
  • Carbs 19g 6%
  • Saturated 75g 375%
  • Fiber 3g 12%
  • Sugars 4g
  • Monounsaturated 112g
  • Polyunsaturated 25g
  • Protein 200g 400%
  • Cholesterol 809mg 270%
  • Sodium 917mg 38%
  • Calcium 251mg 25%
  • Magnesium 229mg 57%
  • Potassium 3,753mg 107%
  • Iron 15mg 81%
  • Zinc 31mg 208%
  • Phosphorus 2,143mg 306%
  • Vitamin A 28µg 3%
  • Vitamin C 34mg 56%
  • Thiamin (B1) 9mg 587%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 192%
  • Niacin (B3) 46mg 229%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 211%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 70µg 18%
  • Vitamin B12 8µg 140%
  • Vitamin D 19µg 5%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 32%
  • Vitamin K 22µg 28%
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