Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas with Mexican Slaw

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos jazzed up with a fresh and tangy slaw.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas, Slow Cooker Pork Tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 171kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


Pork Tacos

  • 2 ½ lb pork loin roast
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 12 fluid oz beer (or chicken stock)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Mexican Slaw

  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage


Pork Carnitas

  • Heat the oil in a large stock-pot over high heat. Sear the pork roast for 1-2 minutes per side. (Skip this step if you are really in a time crunch.)
  • Place the pork into a crock pot. Combine the beer (or stock), orange juice, salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, chili and cayenne together and pour over the meat. S
  • Set the crock pot to low for 10-12 hours or on high 5-7 hours. 
  • Shred the meat with two forks and mix into the juices that were rendered while cooking.

Mexican Slaw

  • Stir together sour cream and Greek yogurt with juice of 1 lime, a handful of chopped cilantro, 1 tsp cumin, and salt and pepper. 
  • Stir in shredded cabbage and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Serve the meat topped with the slaw.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas with Mexican Slaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 297mg13%
Potassium 470mg13%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Vitamin C 6.2mg8%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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