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Carnitas Street Tacos

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!

If you love tacos as much as I do, be sure to check out some of my other favorite taco recipes like my Mahi Mahi Street Tacos, Sweet Chili Chicken Soft Tacos, or my Garlic Lime Chicken Street Tacos.

carnitas street tacos

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!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Slow Cooker: The meat cooks in your slow cooker, making this a hands off recipe for the most part!

Easy: With the pork cooking in the slow cooker, you're free to do other things. So, it's a set it and forget it kind of prep. Then all you have to do is chop veggies for the toppings when you're ready to eat.

Perfect for a Crowd: This makes a lot of tacos! So, if you're having a dinner party or have a large family, this is a great recipe. And even if you don't then it just means you'll have tacos all week!

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Ingredients & Health Benefits

Taco Seasoning: I use my homemade organic taco seasoning for this recipe. This is a mild taco seasoning that goes great with pork.

Pork Butt: I use organic pork butt.

Mexican Beer: You can use Mexican beer or lager.

Tortillas: I use La Tortilla Factory Organic White Corn and Flour Tortillas as I think these are the best organic tortillas out there! They have great flavor and they are very sturdy.

White Onion: Organic white onion brings lots of flavor as well as antioxidants, fiber, and more.

Avocado: Organic avocado has healthy fat and brings so much flavor to tacos.

Cilantro: Fresh organic cilantro is key for any tacos and cilantro brings flavor and it has lots of antioxidants.

Lime: To finish off tacos, a squeeze of lime brings zest and bold flavor. Limes are also high in vitamin C.

Green Salsa: I use organic green salsa here, you can use any kind of salsa you like.

Tools Needed

Slow Cooker

Cast Iron Skillet (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off your order!)

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How to Make Carnitas Street Tacos

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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!

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Carnitas Street Tacos

Mimi Council
You'll want to have tacos every night with these simple Carnitas Street Tacos recipe. The pork cooks in the slow cooker, which makes these street tacos an easy dinner recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Makes 8 servings
Calories 569 kcal



  • 8 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 6 pounds pork butt
  • 12 ounces Mexican beer or lager

For Tacos


  • To make the carnitas: Rub the taco seasoning 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.


Gluten Free — Use corn tortillas.
High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.


Calories: 569kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 66gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 204mgSodium: 1974mgPotassium: 1494mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 201IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 5mg
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