These Slow Cooker Carnitas are easy to make at home with your crockpot. Popping them under the broiler at the end ensures that they get nice and crispy!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I’m a sucker for a good slow cooker recipe. I love the fact that I can do all the prep work the night before, turn the crockpot on in the morning and be welcomed home to a fully cooked meal.
Gone are the days of the basic crockpot roast. Instead, let’s get reacquainted with the crockpot. Pull it out of the closet and try something new like this Butter Chicken, Osso Buco or Chicken Tortilla soup.
Or, how about these Slow Cooker Carnitas?
They’re flavorful, crispy, salty and perfect for loading into street tacos.
Street tacos are much different than the Americanized version found most often here in the states.
Missing is the cheese, sour cream, and salsa. The main focus of these tacos is the meat.
The meat being these amazing Slow Cooker Carnitas.
How Do You Make Slow Cooker Carnitas?
- The process of making these carnitas is super easy. Just season a pork shoulder with a bunch of spices – chili powder, cumin, oregano – squeeze in some citrus juice – and let it cook away on low for 10-12 hours (or 5-6 hours on HIGH) until the meat is super tender and shreddable.
How Do You Make Crispy Carnitas in the Crockpot?
- To make your slow cooker carnitas crispy, just pop them under the broiler with a sprinkle of salt when they’re done cooking. After a few minutes, they’ll become browned and slightly crisp and perfect.
How Do You Make Slow Cooker Carnitas Street Tacos?
- To make these carnitas street tacos, I kept the toppings simple. I prefer to either top them with this Pineapple Salsa or with some cilantro, avocado and quick pickled onions.
You can make those pretty pink pickled onions up to two weeks ahead of time. In truth, I normally have a jar in my fridge at all times. I’ve even got an entire post dedicated to how I pickle my onions. I love having them on hand for topping all kinds of things – Chicken Gyro Bowls, Instant Pot Split Pea Dal, even scrambled eggs.
These Slow Cooker Carnitas Street Tacos are a delicious departure and I think you’ll really enjoy them!
Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe
Slow Cooker Carnitas Street Tacos
- Tortillas I used a corn-flour blend
- 1 avocado thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
- 1 lime cut
- 4-6 lbs . pork shoulder slightly trimmed of excess fat
- 1 tbsp . garlic salt
- 1 tbsp . cumin
- 2 tsp . dried oregano
- 2 tsp . brown sugar
- 1 tsp . dried basil
- 1 tsp . ground coriander
- 1 tsp . chili powder
- 1 tsp . paprika
- 2 oranges sliced in half
- 1 lime sliced in half
- 1 red onion halved and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/8 - 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
- Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- Combine garlic salt, chili powder, dried oregano, dried basil, cumin, ground coriander, brown sugar, and sweet paprika.
- Rub the spice mixture evenly over the pork. Place pork in the bottom of a slow cooker.
- Squeeze the juice from the oranges and limes over the pork. Place rinds pulp side down in slow cooker over the meat.
- Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours, or until pork is tender and falling off the bone. Use a fork to pull away from bone and discard it.
- Preheat oven broiler. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and arrange pork in a single layer.
- Taste the pork for saltiness. You may want to sprinkle some additional salt on top. (I especially like using my homemade citrus salts at this stage of the recipe!)
- Place underneath broiler until tips of pork are browned and slightly crisp, about 3-5 minutes. (Don’t walk away from it. Keep an eye on meat to make sure it doesn’t burn or become overly browned).
- Add sliced onions to a medium bowl. Pour enough boiling water over them to fully cover and count to 10. Drain onions and place in jar or bowl.
- Heat vinegar, lime juice, 1/8 cup sugar, chili flakes and salt in small saucepan over medium heat until sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes.
- Taste for sweetness and add more sugar as needed.
- Pour vinegar mixture over onions.
- Allow to stand at room temperature, until fully cooled. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
- Place carnitas in tortillas and serve topped with sliced avocado and cilantro. Pass around extra limes for garnish.
If you loved these Slow Cooker Carnitas Street Tacos I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished carnitas tacos and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.
Wine Pairings for Carnitas:
- An authentic Mexican dish is always excellent with beer. I went with a classic Corona, but feel free to choose any light Mexican beer of your choice.
- If you’d like to pair these tacos with a bottle of wine, a Tempranillo would be an excellent choice for complimenting the spices in the meat.
- Margaritas – Try this one, this one, or this one.
- Leftover carnitas? Give these Carnitas Taco Bowls with Kimchi a try!