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These carnitas tostadas are crispy, with black beans, the best carnitas, and all your favorite toppings.
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Carnitas Tostada

These slow cooker carnitas tostadas are absolutely addicting. My whole family loves these carnitas tostadas. We are all obsessed, and I have made them so many times now I can’t even count. The crunchy tortillas are topped with creamy beans, the best crispy carnitas (so much flavor), and all my favorites like tomatoes, cojita cheese, cilantro, etc. The perfect bite in every bite. Plus, did I mention they are ridiculously easy to make?
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carnitas tostada
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 414kcal
Author: Rachael


Tostada Shell

  • 6 Corn tortillas
  • 1-2 Tbs Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  • 1 Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed if possible orange juice
  • 2 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 1 Jalapeno deveined, deseeded, and diced small
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced small
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil divided


  • Black beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Red onion
  • Cojita cheese
  • Limes



  • In a large skillet, add 1 Tbs vegetable oil, and heat over a medium-high heat.
  • Sear Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas on all sides.
  • Add to a slow cooker along with orange juice, onion and jalapeño
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  • Once fork tender, remove the pork from the slow cooker, remove any fat, then shred the meat. Save the juices.
  • Add the carnitas to an oven safe pan and broil for 3-4 minutes until crispy bits form. Then remove from oven. Keep a close eye so they do not burn.
  • Toss with 1/2 cup of slow cooker juices


  • 20 minutes before serving preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place tortillas on a baking sheet, and generously brush both sides with olive oil, and sprinkle with a little salt
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, flipping once half way through.
  • Bake until entire tortilla is crispy, add time if necessary so it is crispy not chewy.
  • Remove from oven, and top immediately and serve.

Assembling Tostadas

  • Spread black beans on baked tostadas, then add the carnitas and toppings of your choice such as diced onion, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, salsa, queso fresco, guacamole etc.


Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 779mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 27.4mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2.6mg