Pork tacos, a beloved staple in Mexican cuisine, have a rich history and cultural significance that dates back centuries. Traditionally known as "tacos de carnitas," these flavorful tacos are a crowd favorite, celebrated for their juicy, succulent pork and vibrant toppings. Whether you're a seasoned home cook or a taco enthusiast looking to experiment in the kitchen, this guide will walk you through the process of making mouthwatering pork tacos from scratch.

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To make authentic pork tacos, you'll need the following ingredients:

For the Pork:

  • 2 lbs pork shoulder (boneless, cut into chunks)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 oranges (juiced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth

For the Tacos:

  • Corn tortillas (soft, 12-pack)
  • Fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • Diced onions
  • Lime wedges

Optional Toppings:

  • Sliced radishes
  • Sliced avocado
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Queso fresco (crumbled)
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa (your favorite)


Follow these simple steps to prepare the pork for your tacos:

  1. Marinate the Pork: In a large mixing bowl, combine the pork chunks, chopped onion, minced garlic, orange juice, lime juice, salt, black pepper, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and smoked paprika. Mix thoroughly to ensure the pork is evenly coated with the spices. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Cook the Pork:
  • Stove Method: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the marinated pork and sear until browned on all sides. Pour in the chicken broth, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 2-3 hours, or until the pork is tender and easily shredded.
  • Slow Cooker Method: Transfer the marinated pork to a slow cooker, add the chicken broth, and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours, until the pork is tender and shreds easily with a fork.
  1. Shred the Pork: Once the pork is cooked, remove it from the pot or slow cooker and shred it using two forks. Return the shredded pork to the cooking liquid to keep it moist and flavorful.


Follow these steps to assemble your perfect pork tacos:

  1. Warm the Tortillas: Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and warm each tortilla for about 30 seconds on each side, until they are pliable and slightly charred. Alternatively, you can wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and warm them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10 minutes.
  2. Assemble the Tacos: Place a generous amount of shredded pork onto each tortilla. Top with diced onions and chopped cilantro. Squeeze a lime wedge over the tacos for an extra burst of flavor.

Optional Toppings

Customize your pork tacos with these delicious optional toppings:

  • Sliced radishes for a crunchy texture.
  • Sliced avocado for creamy richness.
  • Pickled jalapeños for a tangy and spicy kick.
  • Crumbled queso fresco for a mild, salty flavor.
  • A dollop of sour cream for added creaminess.
  • Your favorite salsa to tie all the flavors together.


Now that you have this ultimate guide, it's time to try making pork tacos at home! Not only will you impress your family and friends with your culinary skills, but you'll also enjoy the delightful flavors of Mexican cuisine right in your kitchen. Remember, the key to perfect pork tacos lies in the quality of your ingredients and the love you put into preparation. Happy cooking!

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