Carnitas Tacos Recipe
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Carnitas Tacos Recipe

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The house smells fantastic all day when I'm making this slow-cooked recipe. The tacos have so much flavor, you'd never guess they use just five ingredients. I love that they're ready when you need them at the end of the day. —Mary Wood, Maize, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 12 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • Sour cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 taco (calculated without sour cream): 414 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 789mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (1g sugars, trace fiber), 28g protein


  1. Cut roast in half; place in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle with taco seasoning. Pour tomatoes over top. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat from slow cooker; shred with two forks. Skim fat from cooking juices. Return meat to slow cooker; heat through. Using a slotted spoon, place 1/2 cup on each tortilla; top with cheese. Serve with sour cream if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Carnitas Tacos in Simple & Delicious April/May 2012, p59

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Feb. 20, 2016

"Super easy to make, but I didn't care for the flavor."

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

"So easy to make, and very tasty! I was afraid there wouldn't be enough liquid, but there was. (I'm glad I didn't add any!) We'll make this again!"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"Excellent Mexican dish. My family loved it!!! So easy to make in the slow cooker. Put all ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and then when you get home from work, the house smells wonderful and you have a great meal. This also requires very few ingredients. Delicious!"

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"AND my husband reminded me about the available leftovers, as in, "Is there any of that pork stuff left?" which happens almost never, so this is HIS 5-star rating!"

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"YEE HAH this was good! I also don't know how you'd skim the fat - it all looked the same in my crockpot so I didn't bother with that part. Used hot and spicy taco seasoning, excellent. Served with cojita cheese, sour cream and salsa verde in hard taco shells for DH and soft for me. We loved this!"

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