Using our Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe is a wonderful way to make homemade Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos for dinner or your next party. This recipe is dietitian created, prepared and photographed to inspire you to cook more often at home.  This recipe is easy, can be made ahead and it is diabetes friendly, gluten-fee, and low in sodium.  Slow Cooker Tacos makes 10 servings which is perfect to feed a crowd or prepare for planned leftovers during the work week.

Next time you are looking for a delicious, healthy recipe that tastes good too, make sure to visit our recipe database for dietitian-approved and tested recipes like this one that our culinary dietitian Klara Knezevic, RD, LD, CLT describes below.  Klara loves her slow cooker (crockpot) and instapot so check our recipes for lots of recipe inspiration.  Here are links to some of our favorite slow cooker recipes found on our blog.

If you happen to be cooking for Cinco De Mayo, we also have some fabulous recipes for you to try.

Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Easy, Fall, Fiber, Make ahead, Meal prep, Party, Tacos
Cooking Method: Slow Cooker
Condition: Dairy Free, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Low Sodium, Nut Free, PCOS
Servings: 10 servings


  • 2 lbs pork boneless pork shoulder
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp chipotle sauce
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 20 tortilla 6 inch, flour or corn (to make it gluten-free)
  • toppings salsa, avocado, lettuce, cheese, lime wedges, etc


  • Take pork shoulder and sprinkle it with taco seasoning, rubbing the spice mixture into the pork until it covers the whole surface of the roast.
  • Place pork in the slow cooker. Add garlic, orange juice, lime juice and chipotle sauce into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours.
  • After 8 hours, remove pork from slow cooker and shred using two forks.
  • When ready to serve the tacos, top each taco with 1.5 oz of pork, black beans and desired toppings.


Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 21g | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 5g

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Please note:

Nutrition info is an estimate and may contain errors.

Klara Knezevic is a registered dietitian nutritionist based in Maryland. She has over a decade of experience in the nutrition field and currently serves as the CEO and co-owner of Rebecca Bitzer and Associates, one of the largest nutrition private practices in the country. Klara is passionate about sharing practical nutrition tips to help you feel confident in the choices that you make. Coauthor ofCooking with Food Sensitivities Survival GuideandNourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating.