Crock Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos

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Make tonight taco night!! 

Crock Pot Pork Tacos with Lettuce and Mexican Spices

 

Crock Pot  Pork Carnitas Tacos

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My favorite food is definitely Mexican food. Oh, and Thai food. Wait, I can’t forget Mediterranean and Italian. Whatever, I like it all, OK?

But, Mexican food is definitely one of my favorite cuisines, and I must say, it very easily adapts to a healthy lifestyle. My favorite flavors are that of the smoky chilies, the bright cilantro, fresh tomatoes, and tangy lime. Oh and DUH – all of the avocado. I can do without the fried chimichangas and cheese covered burritos, for the most part, and I think it’s the reason I fall back on so many Mexican inspired dishes on a regular basis in my kitchen.

Recently, I’ve been trying to implement more theme nights into my weeknight routine, for some spice and to make meal planning a breeze. For example: Pasta Night, Comfort Food Classic Night, Breakfast for Dinner Night, andddd Taco Night!

Whole30 Taco Night!

Yay! Finally, a taco recipe on Miss Allie’s Kitchen anddd we’re making it Whole30 compliant. Feel absolutely FREE to use your own tortilla of choice if you’re not doing Whole30, or you could whip up some cauliflower tortillas if you’re feeling really creative. Try this recipe!

However, I’m a sucker for a good lettuce wrap, so that’s what I’m sharing today! Pork Carnitas are a fun diversion from typical ground beef or turkey and they pack SUCH a big flavor punch. I feel that the slow cooker is the best way to make them because you can get a seriously awesome char on the meat, and place it in the slow cooker to tenderize in tomatoes and spices for hours.

Crock Pot Pork Carnitas!

Oh, and if you’re looking for a slow cooker, here’s an updated version of the one I use! I love the way you can lock the lid in place for traveling or entertaining!*

 

Pork Carnitas in the Slow Cooker

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Pork chops

Olive oil

Unsalted chicken bone broth – or broth

Unsalted diced Tomatoes

Unsalted tomato paste

Lime – zest + juice

ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)

Chili powder

Cayenne

Lettuce – I like Butter or Romaine lettuce

Flavorful Pork Carnitas

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

We’re going to put a sear on the pork chops to create that crispy texture and to lock the moisture into the cut of meat. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Once the oil is hot (flick a drop of water into the pan to see if it sizzles), place as many pork chops as you can fit into the pan down in the heat. Don’t crowd the meat – you should have some space in between each chop. It’s ok to sear in a few batches, it won’t take long. Remove when each side has a nice brown color to it, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Clean eating pork tacos in the slow cooker!

Place the seared pork chops in the bottom of your slow cooker and add all other ingredients besides the lettuce. Let this cook for 8 hours on low, pull the pork apart, and scoop into sturdy lettuce pieces. Fold up, and enjoy!

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Crock Pot Pork Tacos Wrapped in Lettuce

Slow Cooker Pork Lettuce Tacos
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 4lbs of pork chops
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 cup of unsalted chicken bone broth or broth
  • 1 14.5oz can of diced tomatoes -unsalted
  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste - unsalted
  • 1 lime – zest + juice
  • 1 Tbsp of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 1 Tbsp of chili powder
  • 1 tsp of cayenne
  • 1 head of lettuce - I like Butter or Romaine lettuce
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil.
  2. Once the oil is hot (flick a drop of water into the pan to see if it sizzles), place as many pork chops as you can fit into the pan down in the heat. Don't crowd the meat - you should have some space in between each chop. It's ok to sear in a few batches, it won't take long.
  3. Remove when each side has a nice brown color to it, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  4. Place the seared pork chops in the bottom of your slow cooker and add all other ingredients besides the lettuce.
  5. Let this cook for 8 hours on low, pull the pork apart, and scoop into sturdy lettuce pieces.
  6. Fold up, and enjoy!

OTHER WHOLE30 COMPLIANT RECIPIES #ONTHEBLOG:

Beanless White Kale Chicken Slow Cooker Chili 

Apple Walnut Stuffed Tenderloin

Venison Shepherd’s Pie (please use ghee – not butter)

Sausage and Peppers in Acorn Squash 

Mini Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

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Whole30 Crock Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos wrapped in crispy and refreshing lettuce!

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14 Comments
  • Ellie | Hungry by Nature

    Reply

    GURL. These look killer! I adore carnitas and love that you used lettuce as the taco shell (I did that for dinner last night too!). Now all I need is a crock pot that locks closed – game changer.
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    • Miss AK

      I am all about the lettuce wrap! I have always done that – so easy and delish!

  • Emily Weir

    Reply

    I’ve never ventured out to make my own pork carnitas, but these sound so easy to make! And delicious.

    • Miss AK

      I hadn’t either before I started testing these, but they are sooo easy! It really is nice to mix it up!

  • rachel @ athletic avocado

    Reply

    yes these are my kind of tacos!!! You are killing it with the whole30 recipes! These pictures ar gorgeous!
    rachel @ athletic avocado recently posted…Low Carb Buckeye Brownie Banana Muffins + Break your sugar addictionMy Profile

    • Miss AK

      You’re the sweetest, Rachel!

  • Emily Swanson

    Reply

    I like it all too Allie; I love how all of you Whole 30 gals are using it to make so many amazing looking meals and treats. You’re killing it! 🙂 So many God-given gifts here; it’s awesome to be able to see you use them!

    • Miss AK

      I am having so much fun! You’re the sweetest, Em! It’s fun to give yourself some boundaries and get creative!

  • Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

    Reply

    I am 110% obsessed with taco lettuce wraps. OBSESSED. Love this recipe too – the crockpot is my saving grace during the busy work week!

  • Kate

    Reply

    How do you fit all the pork chops in the bottom of the crock pot. Mine is a regular size one and there’s no way 4pounds of chips would fit in the bottom. Do you stack them?

    • Miss AK

      Yes, mine is, too! Stacking is fine. They will all cook and soften well! Thanks for your question 🙂

  • Heather

    Reply

    Are you using bone in pork chops or boneless?

    • Miss AK

      Hi Heather! I normally use boneless, but bone-in would work great, too! There’s not really a way to mess these guys up!

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