Crock Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos

pork carnitas tacos

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Crock Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos

This recipe fits my definition of a crock pot recipe...just throw in a few ingredients and forget about it! Leave the meat in the crock pot, and let everyone make their own taco at your Super Bowl party. My Southwest Salad is the perfect side dish for Pork Carnitas Tacos.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Author Kristl Story,


  • 1, 15 oz. can enchilada sauce divided
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 3 lb. pork shoulder
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or 2 tablespoons of The Budget Diet's Homemade Taco Seasoning go to recipes at the top of this page
  • flour tortillas or white corn tortillas


  1. Pour half of the enchilada sauce in the crock pot.
  2. Mix in the green bell pepper, onion and cilantro.
  3. Lay the pork should on top of the sauce mixture.
  4. Sprinkle the pork with the taco seasoning.
  5. Cook on low 6 - 8 hours or until the meat shreds easily with the back of a spoon.
  6. Drain.
  7. Shred meat using the back of a spoon.
  8. Add the remaining enchilada sauce and set crock pot to "warm" until ready to serve.
  9. Heat tortillas and fill with pork carnitas.

Serve with Southwest Salad – Southwest Salad Recipe

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Bill Davis
11 years ago

Sounds easy and tasty. To get the grilled/charred aspect of carnitas, I suppose you could brown the meat first (that takes away some of the “ease-of-crock-potting,” but might be worth it, although the crispiness would probably be lost during the long simmering. Hmmm… have to try it both ways!

12 years ago

4 stars
Hi, love this recipe…quick question for ya: You have a 6 to 8 hour cook time on low. Do you think that recipe would work equally well on high for 3 to 4 hours?

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