This easy recipe for Carnitas Street Tacos uses pork butt that's roasted low and slow in your slow cooker for an easy taco recipe you can make any night of the week!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
I can't stress enough how much I love street tacos. If you didn't know that about me, I'll give you a little history. I grew up in the Midwest, and my mom would do taco night once in a while. But, she didn't make authentic tacos, they were more American style with hard shells, a taco seasoning packet, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream. Not my fave. So, for the longest time I just thought I didn't like tacos as that was the only taco I knew.
When I finally ate some authentic carne asada street tacos from a taqueria after living in California for years, my mind was completely changed. And now, I try to make tacos once a week as I have a lot of time to make up for! So today I am sharing a Carnitas Street Tacos recipe with you.
This recipe makes a lot of tacos! So, it's perfect for a large family or a party. And, even though it's just Delaney and me, we make this recipe often and have tacos all week! When I reheat the meat, I actually do it in my air fryer, as it makes it a little crispy on the edges. You can do this as well, or you can skip this step. But, it's really easy to just place some meat on a piece of parchment paper and air fry for just a few minutes to get a nice crispy edge. Then, we just have chopped onions and cilantro on hand, and add avocado and salsa for a super easy lunch or dinner. So, this recipe is really amazing for leftovers!
Ingredients for Carnitas Street Tacos
Organic Pork Butt
Mexican Beer or Lager
Organic White Onion
Organic Fresh Cilantro
Organic Green Salsa
Cast Iron Skillet (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off your order!)
How to Make Carnitas Street Tacos
To make the carnitas: In a small bowl, mix together the garlic powder, sea salt, onion powder, oregano, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne. Rub all over the pork butt.
Add the pork butt to a slow cooker, and pour in the beer. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, until the pork is tender and shreds easily.
To assemble tacos: Heat the tortillas in a skillet until warm. Top tortillas with pork, onions, green salsa, avocado, cilantro, and squeeze of lime.
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes, since this is a slow cooker recipe and it slow cooks for about 8 hours, it's a great make ahead recipe! You can start this in the morning and then it will be ready for dinner. You can also prep this the day before and then just set up your taco bar the following day if you are hosting a party.
Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?
No, if you don't have an actual slow cooker, don't worry, you can still make this recipe! In place of a slow cooker, use a large pot (with a lid), like a Dutch oven, and simmer on low over your stovetop. Make sure to watch this more carefully and check it if you are cooking over the stove.
Can I use something else besides beer?
Yes, if you do not want to use beer, you can use a beef broth or chicken broth in its place. My favorite is Kettle & Fire Bone Broth, use code MIMIBAKESCOOKIES for 20% off your order!
What else can I use this meat for?
If you have leftover meat, you can make quesadillas, nachos, or even taco salad! You can definitely use this meat for different Mexican inspired dishes and it will be delicious!
Why go organic?
You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you're making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don't need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.
Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it's already a healthy recipe, or you're already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn't mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Carnitas Street Tacos
- La Tortilla Factory Organic White Corn and Flour Tortillas
- 1 white onion (diced)
- 2 to 3 avocados (cut into cubes)
- 1 bunch cilantro (chopped)
- green salsa
- To make the carnitas: In a small bowl, mix together the garlic powder, sea salt, onion powder, oregano, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne. Rub all over the pork butt.
- Add the pork butt to a slow cooker, and pour in the beer. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, until the pork is tender and shreds easily.
- To assemble tacos: Heat the tortillas in a skillet until warm. Top tortillas with pork, onions, green salsa, avocado, cilantro, and squeeze of lime.
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