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Low-Fat Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos

I’m not one to diet. I typically just get really mad at myself when my pants don’t fit and try to eat less, until they do, and then go back to eating like a food editor.

Eating like a food editor isn’t so bad. The health factor evens out. Khalil and I worked together as editors at Ladies’ Home Journal, and one day we’d been baking and eating nothing but sugar, and another day we would be cooking up healthy food. His recipe for Low-fat Carnitas Tacos was a favorite. Even better than this dinner being delicious and healthy, it’s made in the slow cooker. What a way to make EVERYONE happy!

Low-Fat Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos
As my 3-year old nephew Sawyer would point out: that is healthy food. I’ll deserve a treat for eating it!

5 from 1 vote
Low-Fat Carnitas Tacos
Work Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 20 mins
Pork loin is a lean, healthy cut; I pair it with high-fiber beans and veggies for a delicious Mexican meal.
Calories: 2082 kcal
  • 2 lbs pork loin boneless
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo chopped, plus 2 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 2 cans cannellini beans 15.5 oz cans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 28-oz can
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp each cinnamon and cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  1. Trim excess fat from pork and cut roast in half crosswise. Combine remaining ingredients, except cilantro, in a 6-qt slow cooker and add pork; cover and cook 5 hr on high or 8 hr on low.
  2. Shred pork with two forks and stir in the cilantro. Serve in corn tortillas with crumbled queso fresco, red onion and lime wedges on the side.
Recipe Notes

What a great thing to come home to and have dinner all ready!  Delicious!

Nutrition Facts
Low-Fat Carnitas Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2082 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 58%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 571mg 190%
Sodium 5464mg 228%
Potassium 5470mg 156%
Total Carbohydrates 191g 64%
Dietary Fiber 55g 220%
Sugars 29g
Protein 261g 522%
Vitamin A 640.8%
Vitamin C 87.2%
Calcium 83.8%
Iron 175.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Low-Fat Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos

Recipe by Khalil Hymore
Originally published in Ladies’ Home Journal Feb 2011
Photography Peter Ardito
Food Stylist Susan Ottaviano
Prop Stylist Michelle Wong

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Anne Klarer says:

    Why am I always missing one of ingredients — or 2. Are slow cooker & crock pot both suitable?

  • Mary says:

    These are really so tasty! I love this recipe!

  • Steph says:

    Thought I should point out, the Nutrition Facts don’t reflect the title. I’m sure the servings are off though, just an observation. Also, what does cinnamon do tot he flavor in this recipe? I’ve never seen this added for tacos. How many would this serve?

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