Recipe: Pork Carnitas Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

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If you don’t have a slow cooker I think this recipe alone is worth the $25 or $30 investment (we use this basic, inexpensive slow cooker). We have tested these pork tacos on quite a lot of people (including our dinner club guests), and it gets rave reviews every time! I’ve also already shared another slow cooker favorite of ours “The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot,” which can easily be turned into overnight homemade chicken stock. There is no better way than a slow cooker to make inexpensive cuts of meat delish.

Pork Carnitas Tacos Recipe from 100 Days of Real Food


4.7 from 15 reviews

Pork Carnitas Tacos
Serves: 8 – 10
Adapted from Marcela Valladolid
  • 2 to 2 ½ lbs pork shoulder or Boston butt roast, cut into 5 or 6 small pieces (in Charlotte we use pork from Grateful Growers Farm, which is sold at the Matthews Farmers’ Market and Hillbilly Produce)
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 onion, cut into 6 or 8 chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves, whole
  • 1 recipe tomatillo salsa (use recipe below or can be purchased at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 ½ recipes whole-grain corn tortillas
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • Fresh cilantro
  1. Mix together oregano, pepper, salt, and cumin and rub on outside of pork pieces in bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Throw onion and garlic on top of pork.
  3. Slow cook on low for 6 – 8 hours or until meat is falling apart.
  4. When finished discard the onion and garlic. Drain meat and shred with a fork.
  5. Serve warm with tortillas, tomatillo salsa, avocados and cilantro.


4.7 from 15 reviews

Tomatillo Salsa
  • 1 ½ lbs tomatillos (they look like little green tomatoes with husks around them)
  • ½ cup white onion
  • ¾ cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  1. Preheat broiler on high.
  2. Peel and discard husks off tomatillos. Rinse and cut tomatillos in half. Place cut side down on foil or parchment lined baking sheet. Broil for 5 – 7 minutes until skin is lightly blackened.
  3. Puree tomatillos and rest of ingredients together including onion, cilantro, lime, and pepper using a food processor, blender, or hand immersion blender until ingredients are finely chopped and mixed.
  4. Cool in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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115 comments to Recipe: Pork Carnitas Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

  • Gayle

    I made these tonight for my family (husband, 12 yo, 9 yo and 7 yo). Super duper yummy! They all slurped it up! Trying to keep it real (foods)!

  • Valery Ackley

    Made this last night and it was AMAZING! I wasn’t sure about all the oregano but I’m glad I included it. We also used a pork tenderloin because we had one in the freezer already. I added 1/2 c of water as well, because I was worried it might be a tad dry since I was using the tenderloin. Will definitely be making this again!!!

  • Ada

    Making it right now, just wanted to make sure that there is no liquid added to the carnitas recipe????

    Thank you!!!

  • Elisabethe

    My husband loved this. He said it was the best pork tacos he’s ever had.

  • Ann

    I made this and it is so good. Very easy and fast to put together in the morning. Its not spicey so I might add a touch of cheyanne pepper to the rub next time. Thank you!

  • Jen

    I made these last night and used 3 pounds of meat (including the bone which was discarded after cooking) for 6 adults. I didn’t think our portions were too large but we could have used more. I definitely don’t think that 2-2.5 pounds of meat would feed 8-10 people as the recipe says. Just my experience!

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  • Colleen

    I can’t even describe how amazing and easy this recipe is! And the smell…oh my goodness! I could smell the deliciousness when I pulled into the garage. We made some pickled red onions to go on top, which I highly suggest for an added touch. This will be a regular meal in my household! Thank you!!

  • Angie B.

    These are so delicious and super easy! The house smelled so good too!

  • Margaret

    Yummy! Made them for a dinner party. huge success. The tomatillo salsa really adds a wonderful component. Because I am paleo, I used cabbage leaves instead of tortillas. It gave a real nice crunch, although lettuce leaves would be good too!

  • Susan

    This is the first 100 days of real food recipe I have made. It was fantastic. Even my picky 2 year old ate the pork. My 1 year old goobled it up and my husband fist bumped me. All in all a rounding success.

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