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Carnitas Tacos

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


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


  • 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.
  • Remove meat from slow cooker; shred with 2 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 taco (calculated without sour cream): 414 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 789mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 28g protein.

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  • ellimaye1
    Feb 20, 2016

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

  • DianeC23
    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!

  • larielover
    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!

  • dzm388
    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!

  • dzm388
    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!

  • ng2cook
    Jun 25, 2013

    I never smelled anything as good as this while it was cooking. It was simple to make, and delicious! This will become a regular in my menu rotation.

  • akr0376
    May 15, 2013

    This recipe was made as stated and was so very good! I never did figure out how to skim the fat from the juices but it was still good!

  • cookbookmom
    Jan 12, 2013

    I used a can of Hunt's tomatoes with basic, garlic and oregano since that's what I had. They were amazing. Best pork taco recipe I have found.

  • jade_sweets5
    Mar 15, 2012

    Everyone loved them, even my picky eater