Lime-Chipotle Carnitas Tostadas

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours


16 servings

Updated: Apr. 26, 2022
Here's a terrific recipe for your next weeknight dinner. Set out various toppings and garnishes so your family members can customize their own tostadas with the lime-kissed shredded pork. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois
Lime-Chipotle Carnitas Tostadas Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons ground chipotle pepper
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder roast (4 to 5 pounds), halved
  • 1 large onion, peeled and halved
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 to 2 limes, halved
  • 16 tostada shells
  • Optional toppings: Warmed refried beans, salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce, sliced avocado, crumbled queso fresco and minced fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges


  1. Add broth to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Mix seasonings; rub over all sides of pork. Place in slow cooker. Add onion and garlic cloves. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours, until meat is tender.
  2. Remove pork; cool slightly. Strain cooking juices, reserving garlic cloves; discard onion. Skim fat from cooking juices. Mash garlic with a fork. Shred pork with 2 forks.
  3. Return cooking juices, garlic and pork to slow cooker. Squeeze lime juice over pork; heat through, stirring to combine. Layer tostada shells with pork mixture and toppings as desired. Serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts

1 tostada: 269 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 279mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 medium-fat meat, 1/2 starch.