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Crock Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos

  • Author: Miss AK
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


Crock Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos are the easy, Whole30 approved way to have carnitas without any effort. Make tonight taco night!!


  • 1 Tbsp. of olive oil
  • 4lb. pork shoulder (*see notes)
  • 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. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp. sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 head of lettuce – I like Butter or Romaine lettuce
  • Optional toppings – tomato, avocado, cilantro, red onion, nutritional yeast


  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 the pork down in the pan. If the meat won’t fit in the pan, cut in half – it’s ok to sear in two batches, it won’t take long. Remove when each side has a nice brown color to it, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Place the seared pork in the bottom of your slow cooker and add all other ingredients besides the lettuce.
  4. Let this cook for 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high).
  5. Pull the pork apart with forks, and scoop into sturdy lettuce pieces. Fold up, and enjoy!


  • This recipe is very forgiving. I have made it with pork shoulder and very thick pork chops. The chops won’t be as juicy but it still works!
  • Always feel free to go up in flavor and salt. You can always add but you can’t take away. This works well for us, however!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours


  • Serving Size: 3 tacos
  • Calories: 205
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 516 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 18 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 13 g
  • Cholesterol: 147 mg

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