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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos- delicious pork carnitas cooked in a crock pot
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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos

Deliciously easy to make slow cooker pork carnitas tacos. The pork carnitas are prepped and then slow cooked in a crock pot, then shredded, browned, and served with all of the fixings to make delicious tacos!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Pork
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pork carnitas tacos, slow cooker pork carnitas tacos, slow cooker pork carnitas tacos recipe
Servings: 6 people
Author: Rachael


  • 3 lbs pork shoulder


  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 Tbs ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsps dried oregano
  • 2 tsps salt or more, to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Braising Liquid

  • 1 cup bacon grease
  • 2 Tbs minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs Ortega Green Taco Sauce – Mild
  • 1 large yellow onions quartered
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1 4-ounce can Ortega Whole Green Chiles

Taco Fixings

  • Ortega Yellow Corn Taco Shells
  • Ortega Refried Beans
  • Ortega Taco Sauce of choice
  • Fresh Avocado diced
  • Fresh Tomatoes diced
  • Cilantro chopped fine


  • In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, chipotle, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well
  • Season pork shoulder with the spice mixture, rub it over entire thing, on all sides.
  • Place garlic, Ortega Green Taco Sauce – Mild, onions, orange juice, lime juice, bacon grease, Ortega Whole Green Chiles, and seasoned pork shoulder into a slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours, or high for 4-5 hours.
  • Once done, remove meat from slow cooker, and shred, then rough chop to bite sized pieces.
  • Preheat oven to broil.
  • Place shredded carnitas meat onto a baking sheet in an even layer and broil until crisp and crusted, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and pour ΒΌ cup of the reserved juices from the slow cooker onto the crispy pork and toss.
  • Assemble tacos in an Ortega Yellow Corn Taco Shell by layering Ortega Refried Beans, slow cooked Pork Carnitas, avocado, tomato, cilantro, and a drizzle of the Ortega Taco Sauce of your choice.
  • Serve immediately.