Pork Carnitas Tacos

Dutch Oven Carnitas Tacos

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Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos are an amazing way to impress the crowd with flavor-packed tacos for your next gathering! Start early, throw this recipe in the oven, and let that pork slowly cook for an easy, delicious meal.

What Are Carnitas?

Simply put, carnitas are what Americans would call pulled pork. This recipe calls for slow roasting a Bone-In Pork Butt in a dutch oven until fork-tender. To take this dish one step further, you can optionally crisp up the cooked pulled pork as the last step of the cooking process to achieve maximum crispy flavor! 

Cook Time

 Prep Time: 30 mins Total Time: 9-11 hours


3/4 cup Meat Church Dia De La Fajita Rub
2 Yellow Onions
1 can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Corn or Flour Tortillas


In a blender, combine chipotle peppers, 1 yellow onion, olive oil, and Meat Church Dia De La Fajita rub to form a paste.

Score pork butt on the fat side and rub paste on all sides of the meat.

Cut remaining onion into eights and place in dutch oven.

Place seasoned pork butt in dutch oven with the onions and allow to rest on the counter for an hour if possible.

While pork is resting, preheat oven to 225-250F.

Place dutch oven on center rack in preheated oven and cook for approximately 1-2 hours per pound of pork or until internal temperature reaches 195F.

Remove dutch oven from oven and let pork rest for 30 minutes.

After rested, remove bone, and shred pork with two forks.

OPTIONAL: After the pork is shredded, spread out the meat onto a sheet pan along with the liquid from the dutch oven and broil on high in the oven until crispy. 

Serve with tortillas, freshly diced onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime!


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