Little Carnitas Tacos | Low and Slow Style

by Linda

Disclosure: This recipe is adapted from Tech Valley Food. A blog owned by me.

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Break out your Crock-Pot® or your slow cooker! It’s taco time, and we’re doing it slow and low style! A no worry, no fuss, not your mama’s taco dish that’s sure to be a family favorite and a regular at the dinner table.

The Fixin’s

Little Carnitas Tocas Nutrition Label

1 ½ lbs boneless pork loin (cut into 1” cubes) *can substitute beef
1 onion (finely chopped and I use a Vidalia Onion!)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbs chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp minced canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (I like Goya!)
½ cup chicken broth
2 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup pico de gallo
½ tsp Salt
12 flour or corn tortillas
¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (optional)
1 cup guacamole (optional)
3 tbs sour cream (optional)
lime wedges

Cookin’ It Up

  1. Combine pork, onion, oregano, chili powder, cumin, chipotle peppers, and broth in a Crock-Pot®.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or on HIGH 3 for hours until the pork is tender. Discard the excess liquid.
  3. Shred the pork. (Using 2 forks works great.)
  4. Combine cilantro, pico de gallo, and salt in a small bowl. Stir into Crock-Pot®.
  5. Return cover and keep warm on LOW/WARM until you’re ready to serve.

 Image Credit: Navin Rajagopalan

Throwing It All Together

  1. Using a 2″ biscuit cutter, cut 3 circles from each piece of tortilla.
  2. Top each circle with a teaspoon of pork, some cheddar cheese, guacamole, and a dollop of sour cream.
  3. Serve warm and with a lime wedge.

Got any suggestions for this recipe? What would you do different?

Next week I’m posting my sister Wanda’s Carnitas recipe. It’s good, but I’ll let you judge which is better. 😉

What’s your favorite taco recipe? If you’d like to see yours posted here, let us know.

Just in case you’d like to read a little history on Vidalia Onions, I’ve hooked you up!


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Sarah L March 22, 2014 at 3:18 am

That is a great way to make full flavored tacos. Thanks for the recipe.


Erin S. March 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm

That looks so good! It’s been a long time since I’ve had anything like that because my husband doesn’t like anything really spicy.
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Bismah March 23, 2014 at 8:10 am

I have never seen tacos done in a slow cooker before. That’s a great idea! No worries about being in the heated kitchen and hurrying to get the meal put together.
I would like my tacos with chicken instead of the pork!
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Triplezmom March 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Those look so tasty. I need to do more with my slow cooker.
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Kandi March 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Yum! My husband and daughter would love this!
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Elena March 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Looks delicious! Thank you for the recipe!


Sarah @ April 8, 2014 at 6:12 pm

First time visitor and am really impressed. This is a really good site, that is..uhm…making me SO hungry! 😉 Thank you for sharing. I’ll have to try this one myself!
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Heart of a Philanthropist Blogger Kim April 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm

I’m so excited to see this. I always wanted to know how to make carnitas. Now I can make them. I love that it is easy!
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Ben April 29, 2014 at 9:47 am

Any time I can use my slow cooker…I’m all over that. This recipe looks really easy and would make a great family meal. Thanks for sharing.
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Linda April 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Love my slow cooker too Ben!


Lisa April 29, 2014 at 11:18 am

Holy Smokes Batman…lol. OMGoodnes I wish I had this yesterday. I made taco’s for the family and to be honest they were boring…lol This looks so yummy and very easy. Next time I am going to give the Carnitas Tacos recipe a try!
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Linda April 29, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Awe Lisa! That stinks! You’ll have to try my little Carnitas Tacos next time!


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