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Easy Carnitas Recipe

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12 servings, 2 tacos each

Try our Easy Carnitas Recipe for tacos! While this Easy Carnitas Recipe takes 8 hours, it comes together in only a handful of steps.

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  • Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add onions; cook 7 to 8 min. or until softened, stirring frequently. Stir in cumin; cook and stir 1 min. Add chili sauce, barbecue sauce and orange juice; mix well.
  • Place meat in slow cooker; top with onion mixture. Cover with lid; cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours (or on HIGH 4 to 6 hours).
  • Remove meat from slow cooker; cut into small pieces or shred with fork. Discard all but 1 cup sauce from slow cooker. Return meat to slow cooker. Add reserved sauce; mix lightly. Replace lid.
  • Heat taco shells as directed on package. Meanwhile, toss coleslaw blend with dressing.
  • Spoon meat mixture into taco shells just before serving; top with coleslaw.

Special Equipment Needed

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Special Extra

Serve tacos with chopped fresh cilantro and lime wedges.

Make Ahead

For added convenience, the meat can be cooked ahead of time. Chop the cooked meat, then toss it with the reserved cooking sauce as directed. Cool, then refrigerate up to 24 hours. About 1 hour before serving time, spoon meat mixture into slow cooker; cover. Cook on LOW 1 hour or until heated through. Continue as directed.

Food Facts

Chili sauce is a seasoned ketchup-based sauce. Look for it in the condiments section of your supermarket. For best results, do not substitute spicy Asian chili sauce instead of the (plain) chili sauce in this recipe.


  • 12 servings, 2 tacos each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 12 servings, 2 tacos each
Calories 430
Total fat 21g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 740mg
Carbohydrate 35g
Dietary fiber 2g
Sugars 15g
Protein 24g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 20 %DV
Vitamin C 30 %DV
Calcium 6 %DV
Iron 10 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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