Pork Carnitas Tacos on plate with orange slices and sliced pickled jalapeno peppers
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Pork Carnitas Tacos

These tacos are simply to die for!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword pork carnitas,, pork tacos,, slow cooker pork recipes,
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 248kcal
Author Beth Neels


  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder (or 2 1/2 pounds bone-in)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion , coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 jalapeno , seeded and ribs removed, chopped
  • 1 orange , cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Corn or Flour Tortillas
  • Lettuce , diced tomatoes, grated cheese, salsa, etc. for garnish


  • Rinse and dry the pork shoulder. Salt and pepper liberally. Mix the oregano and the cumin with olive oil and rub all over pork. Place the pork in a slow cooker and top with the onion, garlic, and jalapeno. Squeeze over the juice of the orange and add the two halves. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 hours. Reserve liquid.
  • Once the meat is tender, remove from slow cooker and let cool slightly before pulling apart with a fork. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over high heat. Press the carnitas into the oil and fry until crusty on one side. I added about 1 cup of the juice and vegetables from the crock pot to moisten.
  • Place about 1/2 inch olive oil in a small pan over high heat. Fry tortillas on one side for about 1 minute. Turn and fold in half. Fry on first side of folded tortilla then turn and fry on the other.
  • Place meat, a bit of the reserved liquid from the crock pot. Serve with your favorite toppings. Lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, etc..


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 330mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 8.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.9mg