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Carnitas tacos on a yellow plate, topped with jalapeno pepper slices and cherry tomatoes.

Carnitas Tacos

These authentic carnitas tacos are made with juicy, tender, well-seasoned pork that is slow-cooked to perfection, then broiled until crispy edges form. After one bite, you will be transported to Mexico; this is one of their most popular street foods. So the next time you feel like serving up some Mexican food, give carnitas tacos a try; you won't be disappointed!
5 from 35 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Broil time 5 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 servings
Calories 288 kcal


  • Slow cooker


  • 4 pound pork shoulder or pork butt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper optional


  • Mix spices together. Season the pork on all sides with the spice rub. Place the pork in the crockpot and add the garlic, onions, and juice from the oranges and limes. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
  • Preheat oven to broil on high. Remove the pork carnitas to a platter and shred with 2 forks into bite-size pieces. Place the meat back into the slow cooker to let it soak up the juices.
  • Place shredded pork carnitas on a baking sheet or baking pan and pour 1 cup of juice over the meat. Broil for 5-10 minutes until the carnitas takes on a crispy texture.
  • To serve, place pork carnitas on a warm tortilla shell and add your favorite toppings. Enjoy!


Calories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 5.6gProtein: 21.5gFat: 19.5gSaturated Fat: 7.1gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 296mgPotassium: 364mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 3.9gCalcium: 39mgIron: 2mg
Keyword carnitas taco toppings, crockpot carnitas, pork carnitas tacos, authentic carnitas tacos
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