Slow-Cooked Carnitas Tacos

Added to Recipes on Wed 02/29/2012


Makes 8 to 10 servings


2 lbs boneless country-style pork ribs or pork shoulder, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground black pepper

2 tsp dried oregano (preferably Mexican)

1/2 large onion, cut into 4 pieces

1 avocado, halved, pitted, sliced

Fresh cilantro sprigs

Sliced red bell peppers (optional)

Corn tortillas

Roasted tomatillo salsa



Toss pork into the bowl of slow cooker with salt, black pepper, and dried oregano to coat. Place onion pieces atop pork. Cover slow cooker and cook pork on low setting until meat is very tender and is falling apart, about 6 hours. Using slotted spoon, transfer pork to cutting board. Discard onion pieces. Using fingers, shred pork and transfer carnitas to platter. Place avocado slices, cilantro sprigs, and sliced red bell peppers, if desired, alongside. Wrap corn tortillas in damp kitchen towel and microwave until warm, about 1 minute. Serve carnitas with warm tortillas and tomatillo salsa.


Try another slow cooker favorite: Turkey Chili with White Beans