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Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos with Mexican Corn Salsa

Tender Mexican pulled pork that's made in the crock pot and loaded with herbs and spices! This one easy meal you won't be able to get enough of!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Crock Pot, Easy, Gluten free, Mexican, Slow Cooker
Keyword: corn salsa, crock pot, healthier, mexican, pork carnitas, slow cooker
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Caitlin


For the pork carnitas:

  • 6-7 lb. pork shoulder butt, skinless & bone-in
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded & finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 fresh oranges, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

For the Mexican corn salsa:

  • 3 corn cobs
  • of a red onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 3-4 fresh limes, juiced
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


To make the carnitas:

  • Rinse and dry the pork, then sprinkle on the salt and pepper.
  • Mix the oregano, cumin and olive oil together and rub it all over the pork.
  • Place the pork in the slow cooker with the fat cap facing up, top it with your chopped onion, jalapeno and garlic and pour your orange juice over the top.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 6 hours.
  • Once done, take the pork out of the crock pot and shred it using 2 forks.

To make the salsa:

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Add your corn cobs once the water begins to boil and boil the corn for 1½ minutes. Take the corn cobs out of the pot, discard the water and allow the corn to cool completely.
  • Once the corn is cool, cut the kernels off the cobs and pour them into a large bowl. Add the chopped onion, cilantro and cotija cheese and pour your lime juice over the top. Mix the salsa together and season it with salt and pepper to taste. Store your salsa in the fridge until you're ready to eat.

To make the tacos:

  • Take a warm tortilla and layer it with your carnitas and corn salsa. Add any of your other favorite toppings and serve!