Hands down, the BEST pork carnitas tacos ever! My pork tacos with mango salsa, guacamole, sour cream and chipotle sauce are a family favorite! The pork is slow-cooked and extra tender after cooking for hours and loaded with incredible spices and flavors. And the mango salsa is the perfect complement to the rich pork filling! This recipe will feed a crowd, or have plenty left-over for the next day.
These pork carnitas tacos start with well-seasoned pork shoulder or roast. I typically like to break down the pork shoulder into smaller pieces for more even cooking. I season the pork well all over with a homemade spice blend featuring paprika, coriander, cumin, chili, garlic and brown sugar. The pork is then slow-cooked for hours until it literally starts to fall apart and melt in your mouth! When it’s done slow-cooking, take two forks and pull the pork meat apart into bite sized pieces and enjoy. You can use this recipe for slow-cooker pork for other recipes too, like quesadillas or enchiladas!
The toppings for this taco recipe add so much flavor! I like to make my own mango salsa and creamy guacamole. For the salsa, finely dice the mango and tomatoes, then combine with cilantro, lime juice and shallots. If you’re making the salsa ahead of time, leave out the lime juice and salt until ready to serve. For the guacamole, mash a few ripe avocados using forks or a potato masher, then combine with lime juice, garlic, oil, cilantro and sour cream. This zesty and refreshing guac is my favorite!
Enjoyed this recipe for pork carnitas tacos? Check out some of my other recipes!
- The Best Fish Tacos – seriously amazing fish tacos, also with mango salsa!
- Korean BBQ Tacos – barbecue flavored beef with spicy slaw topping!
- Cali Street-Style Pork Tacos – grilled pork tacos with peach salsa!
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