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Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos with Apple Salsa

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 6 hrs
Total Time: 6 hrs 20 mins
These slow cooker carnitas tacos with apple salsa are the perfect weeknight meal, full of flavor and topped with fresh apple salsa! Perfect for dinner!
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For the Carnitas:

  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin, excess fat and silverskin removed)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. cayenne pepper
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1/2 cup green salsa
  • Corn or flour tortillas for serving

For the Apple Salsa:

  • 2 apples, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lime, juiced


To Make the Carnitas:

  • Place the pork tenderloin in the slow cooker and top it with all of the spices, the orange and lime juice, beer, and salsa.
  • Cover the slow cooker and set it to low, letting the meat cook for 4-6 hours depending on how fast your slow cooker cooks.
  • Once the meat is cooked, use 2 forks and shred it.

To Make the Apple Salsa:

  • In a medium sized bowl add all of the ingredients and stir together.
  • Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
  • Serve the carnitas on corn or flour tortillas and topped with the apple salsa.


Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum.


Serving: 0g, Calories: 194kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 898mg, Potassium: 589mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 335IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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