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crispy pork carnitas with guacamole.
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Pork Carnitas - Slow cooker pulled pork tacos

Crispy pulled pork with Mexican flavours in a soft tortilla with guac and topping of your choice – sound good? It’s called pork carnitas, and it’s absolutely delicious. These slow cooker pork tacos are easy to make and taste oh so good.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, nut free, pork, pulled pork, taco
Servings: 4
Calories: 609kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: Cheap



  • 900 g pork joint
  • 3 tablespoon taco seasoning


Make pulled pork

  • Remove the rind and large pieces of fat from your pork joint.
  • Add a splash of water to cover the bottom of your slow cooker, and place te pork on top. Slow cook for 2-8 hours on high, or 4-12 hours on low setting.
  • Use a meat thermometer to make sure that the meat has cooked through. Pork is only safe to eat after it has reached an internal temperature of 70°C / 160°F.
  • Lift the pork out of the slow cooker, then use two forks or pulled pork claws to shred the meat into pieces. 

Add the taco flavours

  • Place the pulled pork on a baking tray, and cover with taco seasoning. Stir to coat the pork evenly with the spices.
  • Optional: Classic pork carnitas are crispy on the edges. If you want to achieve this, place the pork in the oven at 210°C / 200°C fan oven / 410°F for about 5 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden and crispy. Be careful not to leave the pork for too long, or it might dry out and burn.
    You can skip the step of oven baking the pulled pork,and just serve it immediately after coating with spices. Your pork will then be soft and tender instead of crispy.


In this recipe we serve carnitas in wraps as tacos topped with guacamole. You can also eat them as a main dish served with rice, salad or other sides of your preference. Alternatively, add carnitas to quesedillas, in enchiladas, or serve them at a potluck or summer garden party as one of many dishes of meat.


Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg