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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos

The best thing about these tacos is how delicious they taste. The second best thing about these tacos is that they cook slowly throughout the day in a slow cooker or crockpot, making it a simple and easy meal to make on a weeknight.

You'll need to plan ahead since the pork does require about 8 hours of cooking, but the longer cooking time will result in a deliciously rich flavor that's worth the wait. 


  • 1 white onion 
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 12  ounces of pale ale beer 
  • 2.5 pounds of pork shoulder 
  • 2 oranges (save peel) 
  • 2 limes 
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1.5 tbsps cumin
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 6-8 oz. soft goat cheese
  • cilantro 
  • corn tortillas 
  • Avocado oil for frying the carnitas 

Olive Oils: 

  • 2 TBSP Jalapeno Olive Oil 
  • 1 TBSP Oregano Oil 
  • Garlic Cilantro Balsamic 
  • Season pork shoulder with spices (salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika, and cumin)
  • Toss all ingredients, including the pork, into a crockpot. 
  • Simmer on low for 8 hours 
  • Remove pork shoulder and shred into bite-size pieces
  • Place 2 TBSP of avocado oil into a frying pan on medium-high heat. Fry carnitas for 1 minute on each side until crispy (*careful not to fry them for too long or they'll get dry). 
  • Construct your taco and drizzle the garlic cilantro balsamic and jalapeno olive oil to taste.

Photos by Leslie Carvitto 

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