Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos (Recipe)

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Whether you're thowing a dinner party or want to cook a meal for your family, carnitas tacos are a delicious and easy meal if you have some time for the slow cooker portion.

Recipe Calories
Calories 383 calories
Recipe Fat
Fat 10 grams fat
Recipe Prep Time
Prep Time 20 minutes
Recipe Cook Time
Cook Time 8 hours
Recipe Yield
Yield Makes 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon pecan oil
  • 4 pounds pork loin
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 dash table salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup local beer
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 tomato
  • Lettuce for topping
  • Cilantro to taste for topping


  1. Heat pecan oil in large skillet over high heat. Add pork and sear 2 minutes per side until browned. Transfer pork to slow cooker.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Stir carefully to combine ingredients. Cook on low for 6-8 hours until pork is completely tender and shreds easily with a fork.
  3. Once pork is cooked, preheat broiler to high heat and place aluminum foil on 2 baking sheets. Use fork to shred pork into bite-sized pieces. Use slotted spoon to spread pork in a single layer on the baking sheets. Reserve remaining broth from slow cooker.
  4. Place 1 baking sheet under the broiler for 5 minutes until the edges of the pork begin crisping. Remove baking sheet from under the broiler.
  5. Use spatula or tongs to toss pork. Ladle 1/4 cup of remaining slow cooker broth over pork.
  6. Broil pork for 5 minutes until more crispy. Remove baking sheet from under the broiler. Ladle an additional 1/4 cup of slow cooker broth over pork.
  7. Repeat with other baking sheet of pork. Serve pork in tortillas with tomato, lettuce and cilantro on top to taste, or cover and refrigerate or freeze.