Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos Recipe

January 11, 2014

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos Recipe



Overview

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 to 8 H on Low
  • Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 3 cups shredded romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 3/4 cup chopped or sliced red onion
  • 3/4 cup diced tomato
  • Several cilantro sprigs
  • 2 limes cut into wedges

Instructions

  1. Put pork, onion, orange juice, oregano, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper into 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Using your hands, rub spices into meat.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours or until pork is very tender.
  3. Lift pork out of liquid in slow cooker onto a cutting board. Break meat into smaller chunks.
  4. Lightly char tortillas over an open flame on a gas range or in a hot nonstick skillet over high heat.
  5. To assemble, spoon 1/2 cup pork onto each tortilla. Top each with 1/4 cup lettuce, and 1 Tablespoon each onion and tomato. Top with cilantro sprigs and drizzle with defatted juices from slow cooker if desired. Squeeze lime over filling and fold to eat.

Notes:

Serve as is or to make it more traditional by frying the slow cooked pork in 2 Tablespoons oil in a large skillet, pressing down with a spatula until browned and crispy, about 8 minutes. Then place on tortillas with lettuce, onion, tomato and cilantro.



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