Copycat Chipotle Carnitas Crispy Tacos

READY IN: 32mins
YIELD: 8 Cups




  • Using a square of cheesecloth, make a spice bundle: Place thyme springs, juniper berries, bay leaves, and black peppercorns in the center of the cloth and secure with kitchen twine.
  • In a slow cooker set to low , arrange pork roast in the bottom. Add water, spice bundle, and salt.
  • Cover and set for 10 hours. It may take 12 hours, carnitas will be ready when pork is easily shreddible with a fork.
  • Using a large slotted spoon or a pair of tongs, transfer pork to a large bowl (save cooking liquid for later). Allow pork to rest, covered, for about 10 minutes.
  • Heat taco shells according to manufacturer's directions, and prepare toppings of your choice.
  • Shred pork using two forks or tongs, discarding excess fat. Taste cooking liquid. (if it is too salty, thin the cooking liquid with hot water). Moisten carnitas with 1 cup of cooking liquid, reserving the rest for later use.
  • Assemble tacos:
  • Fill Taco shells with Copycat Chipotle Carnitas, and desired toppings.