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5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos

If you’re in need of a super quick and easy dinner recipe, you’re going to fall in love with these 5 ingredient slow cooker pork “carnitas” tacos. This recipe takes all of 5 minutes to prep, and the tacos take 5 minutes to assemble. The end result is incredibly tasty slow cooker tacos!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Inactive Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 17 minutes
Servings: 20 -24 tacos


  • 1 recipe Soda Pulled Pork see below
  • 24 small tortilla shells corn tortilla shells work great
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro from 1 bunch cilantro
  • 4 limes sliced into wedges, for serving
  • Soda Pulled Pork Recipe Makes 4 to 5 pounds pulled pork
  • 1 3 1/2- to 4 1/2-pound pork shoulder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups full-flavored cola soda such as Coke or Pepsi


For the Soda Pulled Pork:

  • Place the pork shoulder, fat side down, in a slow cooker. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  • Pour the soda over the pork. Cover the slow cooker and set on low. Cook for 8 hours, then transfer the pork to a shallow bowl or cutting board with a lip and, using two forks, shred it.

For the tacos:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and bake for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the edges start to curl up. Remove from the oven and set on a plate.
  • Put the shredded pork, cilantro, and lime wedges in individual bowls for taco assembly.
  • To assemble the tacos, put a few forkfuls of pork into a tortilla shell, add a pinch of cilantro, and squeeze some lime juice on top. Repeat until all the tacos are assembled, then serve and enjoy.


This recipe is easily scaled down: Simply make as many tacos as desired and save the remaining pork and tacos for leftovers.[br]If you have leftover shredded pork, it stores really well: place the shredded pork in an airtight container and pour some juices from the slow cooker over the meat. This pork freezes and reheats very well. To freeze, place the shredded pork in a resealable plastic freezer bag and label with the date when it was made.


Serving: 1taco | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 594mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g