Slow roasted crock pot pork carnitas tacos are deliriously juicy, flavorful and best of all incredibly easy to make.
Authentic Carnitas Recipe in Your Slow Cooker
‘Tis the season to take out the slow cooker and make room for it on your kitchen counter. I always forget about the magic of a crock pot, because there are only a few recipes that I truly love making in my slow cooker. This authentic carnitas recipe definitely goes on that list.
Here is everything you need to make these instant pot carnitas:
Ingredients (scroll down for the recipe)
For pork carnitas tacos
- pork shoulder/ or tenderloin
- lime juice
- sea salt
- ground cumin
- chili powder
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- ground black pepper
- corn tortillas
- fresh cilantro
Crock Pot Season with Crispy Carnitas Tacos
Now that I’m back in the workforce and working three days a week, dinner time has once again become hectic, hence the slow cooker recipes. I placed my pork tenderloin in my crock pot, added all the spices and voila, when we all got home in the evening dinner was ready. You can also make these spicy carnitas with pork tacos in the oven.
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What is Carnitas ?
Carnitas means “little meats” in Spanish, and usually refers to the Mexican pork dish: slow roasted pork tacos. The pork is then shredded and roasted in the oven for a crispy and browned finish. Carnitas can be served on its own or as tacos or burritos. Here we made crock pot pork carnitas tacos , but you could certainly just serve this pork with sides of rice, beans and salad or anything else you desire.
What is the Difference Between Carnitas and Pulled Pork?
Carnitas and pulled pork are both cooked slowly for several hours, though seasoning, herbs and spices vary between the two. However, unlike pulled pork, carnitas are also then roasted in the oven to a crispy and browned finish.
Print The Recipe for Crock Pot Crispy Carnitas Tacos
Crock Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos
- 2 1/2 lbs pork shoulder/ or tenderloin
- 1 tbsp
- 2 tsp
coarse sea salt
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Garnish for Tacos
- 8 corn tortillas
- 1/2 cup chopped raw onion
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 2 avocado, slided
- 3 radish, sliced
- Place the meat in the slow cooker. Add all the other ingredients to the slow cooker and mix thoroughly to coat the meat with all the herbs and spices.
- Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours. When tender, shred the meat by pulling it apart with a fork.
- Serve pork carnitas on warm corn tortillas and top with onions, cilantro, lime juice and any other toppings you desire.
What to Serve with Tacos?
Typically, I like serving tacos with just lots of topics, from fresh cilantro and onion to homemade guacamole. For a more robust meal, consider serving Mexican rice, beans or this delicious Mexican Corn Salad with your taco dinner.