Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos!
My friends know well that I am a big fan of food trucks, better yet, I am a big fan of taco trucks. I have a few favorites in the city and will try to hit them up as often as possible. A few months ago, my brother’s friend, Gabi, came to visit us for a few days. This was my first time meeting her and we hit it off. Being the good hostess I try to be, I decided to cook for Gabi. I decided to try my hand at replicating the taco truck’s Carnitas Tacos. I cooked them in my slow cooker because I wanted to make sure they were super tender and as flavorful as possible.
They. Were. Amazing.
Better than the taco truck’s… and that is saying something.
So here we go..
5 or 6 lbs pork shoulder, preferably bone in
2 tbs sea salt
1 tbs cumin
1 tbs ground black pepper
2 tbs ground dried oregano
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cayenne pepper
8 garlic cloves, smashed and sliced
1 small can of chipotle peppers
1 white onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
juice of 2 limes
1 cup medium salsa
1 cup orange juice
1 cup vegetable broth
1 can light beer
Rinse the pork and place it in the slow cooker. The one I bought came pre sliced, but you don’t need to. Rub all the dry seasonings onto the pork.
Add the chipotle peppers, salsa, onions, jalapeños, lime juice, garlic, orange juice and vegetable broth.
Cover with beer and cook on low heat for 8 hours. I like to cook it on low to make sure the meat is as tender and juicy as possible.
Take the pork out of the slow cooker. Shred the pork using two forks, it should be super easy because the meat has been cooking for so long.
Preheat your broiler. Place the pork in an oven safe container and sprinkle with a few spoonfuls of the sauce it cooked in. Broil for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are crispy.
And that is all!
For best results, serve on soft tortillas and garnish with cilantro, sliced radish, pineapple chunks, cotija cheese, salsa verde, chopped red onions and fresh lime juice.
Trust me… these tacos are delicious!
The spiciness of the chipotle, cumin and other spices go very well with the lime juice and pineapple chunks. The fresh radish and cilantro are a refreshing contrasting taste.
And in case you were curious, we paired the tacos with a nice light beer ;)
We all enjoyed this amazing dinner. Hope you enjoyed reading about it and try making it at home!