Carnitas Tacos

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours


12 servings

Updated: Mar. 04, 2023
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 the meat is ready when you need it at the end of the day. —Mary Wood, Maize, Kansas


  • 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


  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 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.