Carnitas Tostadas

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For Cinco de Mayo, we’re going to be feasting on Carnitas Tostadas. I can’t wait! It’s one of my favorites, but I rarely make it.


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Carnitas Tostada
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 15 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: bean tostadas, carnitas tostadas, tostada, tostadas
Servings: 12 tostadas
Calories: 186 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 3 pounds country-style pork strips
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 dozen fried tostada shells
  • 2 cups refried beans homemade or canned
  • Toppings: shredded lettuce guacamole, salsa, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Place the pork strips in the crock of a slow cooker. Season the pork with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add the chopped onion and sprinkle with oregano. Add the water to the pot. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for about 4. The meat should be fall-apart tender. Save the juices for chili, stew, or soup.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  3. Remove the meat from the pot and shred it. Place it in a baking dish and bake for about ten minutes to crisp the edges just a bit and brown the meat.
  4. Warm the tostada shells according to package instructions.
  5. Heat the beans in a small sauce pot.
  6. Assemble tostadas by layering tostada shell, beans, carnitas, and other toppings.
Recipe Notes

To freeze: the shredded meat can be frozen for a later date. Simply cool and store in an airtight container. Chill completely before freezing. To serve: thaw completely in the refrigerator. Reheat and serve.
Note: the cooked pork is very versatile and can be used in tacos, soups, stews, chili, and sandwiches.

Promptly store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1 tostada.

Nutrition Facts
Carnitas Tostada
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 295mg13%
Potassium 437mg12%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 33IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Patricia Watson says

    We eat Mexican all the time. Yum!

  2. Erica says

    I love carnitas! My recipe is long and involved, I can’t wait to try yours in the crockpot, with a full baseball schedule dinner that can be prepped ahead and eaten in shifts is a blessing to this tired mom

  3. Angel S. says

    Yummy! Thanks for the recipe inspiration!

  4. jane says

    I love your blog and all of the recent Central American food!

  5. Beth says

    I’d love to win–my family enjoys a Mexican feast!

  6. Rebecca P says

    This looks delicious! All of your Cinco de Mayo food has been making my mouth water…

  7. Jackie says

    Sounds delicious!

  8. Katie says

    This sounds great. My husband would love it.

  9. susitravl says

    Carnitas are a favorite at our house – YUM!

  10. Megan says

    Sounds delicious!

  11. Lyn T says

    We LOVE Mexican food in our house. I serve tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tostadas, or fajitas at least twice a week.

  12. Yummmmm

  13. Miranda says

    I love Mexican food!

  14. Aleisha says

    I can’t wait to finally try your recipe for carnitas! I hope my family loves it as much as yours does.

  15. Wanda Eichler says

    MMM! Now I know what I’m going to do with the country style pork ribs in freezer! Thank you for the idea.

  16. Stacy Nunez says

    LOVE it!! Thanks for all your great ideas- Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

  17. blossomteacher says

    I never thought to do pork country strips in the crockpot for carnitas…smart idea!

  18. se says

    Cant wait to try your recipe it sounds so yummy and looks delicious.

  19. Alisha says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  20. Melanie says

    I LOVE Mexican food! It is a weekly mush have at our house. When I was expection our son that is what I ate most days! He loves it too no! 🙂

  21. Amy L. says

    YUM! I could eat Mexican food every night, if my family would allow it!

  22. Ginny says

    Definitely a kid-pleasing group of goodies – with just enough zing!

  23. Sandy Duke says

    Muy Bueno! Thanks for the great recipes!

  24. Allison says

    You have inspired me to go Mexicano tonight!

  25. Leslie W says

    YUM! I was going to make regular tacos for dinner tonight but now I’m gonna have to try these. They look so good!

  26. Leslie says

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh this recipe looks DELISH!! Added ingredients to my shopping list and look forward to making it on Saturday! Thank you for sharing!

  27. Andrea D. says

    I love Mexican food. This looks yummy!

  28. We LOVE Mexican food!! Thanks!!

  29. Quick and easy!! Gotta love that.

  30. Deanna says

    That recipe looks delicious! I love crock pot recipes as I’m a busy full time working Mom and it really saves on time. Thanks!

  31. Kelly Perry says

    yum! we are having tacos here!

  32. Pam says

    Love the easy guacamole recipe!

  33. Bette Barkley says

    We like Mexican food and will probably have some this evening!!

  34. Karen says

    I’ve never done pork strips…I think I may have to try!

  35. Melissa L. says

    We eat Mexican food all the time!!! That’s something that everyone in the family will eat ; ) So can you guess what we are eating today on cinco de mayo????

  36. Sara says

    Mexican food is my favorite!

  37. Stacy says

    Sounds delicious!

  38. Lori says

    Just threw my pork in my crockpot to cook all day long. Your recipes inspire me & my husband thanks you greatly!!!

  39. My hubby loves Mexican food and we would love to win this prize!

  40. Karen says

    We have tacos or some Mexican food once or twice a week for supper. Would love to win the prize! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  41. Laura says

    I love Mexican food and rotel!

  42. Kim says

    One of our favs – Mexican!!

  43. Valerie S says

    Yum, great recipe!

  44. Brittnee DeCriscio says

    Sounds great!!

  45. Melanie says

    This recipe sounds delicious and very easy, I will have to give it a try!

  46. misty gorman says

    we are celebrating cinco de mayo tonight as a family at the local mexican restaurant.

  47. Tammy Ward says

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  48. We are going to try these tonight! Thanks 🙂

  49. Amanda says

    That looks delicious – yum!

  50. kort says

    sounds yummy! thanks : )

  51. Ann M says

    Yum! I love Mexican! We’re having your Mexican rice tonight for dinner 🙂

  52. Tanja says

    Was just searching for something to make for cinco de mayo and here it is!

  53. Katherine says

    I love recipes with ingredients like this! so simple to assemble but fun to eat

  54. joanna mattas says

    We love Mexican food, and thanks for the great giveaway!

  55. Shirley B says

    Love Mexican food.

  56. Joellen says

    My husband loves Mexican food–I’m always looking for new recipes to go beyond the usual tacos and taco salad.

  57. teresa cunningham says

    my husband and i could eat mexican dishes every day!!!!!!

  58. Crystal Hankey says

    Oh, how yummy is this!

  59. Looks tasty!

  60. Joy says

    I love Mexican food. What a fun treat!

  61. Monica says


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  63. jenny says

    I had my cinco de mayo dinner all planned- but then my son’s track meet ran late and we didn’t leave there until almost 7 so my hubby picked up a couple pizzas instead…. so sad… I guess that margarita will have to be enjoyed tonight!

  64. Stephanie says

    We eat mexican the time and much to my surprise the first time I made your famous beans and rice we have not looked back. I like to make a big crock pot of beans and freeze in 2 cup porions for easy quick meals, bean burritos, or mexican lasagna, even an pintos and cheese snack can be had.
    On a side note we love your pizza dough it is our friday night staple.

  65. We enjoyed chicken tacos so yummy! Love mexican food!

  66. Lucky says

    Yummy! I love Mexican food.

  67. Your recipe sounds delish! Hopefully we’ll try it out sometime soon!

  68. amybee says

    Thank you! We had black bean and spinach enchiladas last night to celebrate.

  69. Hilary Richards says

    Your Mexican food always looks so fresh and delicious. Thank you for all the meal ideas.

  70. Looks yummy!!

  71. jessie says

    Tostadas look delicious! We went with plain old tacos for cinco de mayo this year.

  72. stacy says

    Yum! The pictures are making me hungry!

  73. Dana says

    Those sound really good! I have never tried pork strips, just made from a pork butt.

  74. Carmen Erickson says

    Yummo! Since we eat a gluten-free diet, Mexican food makes a regular appearance in our weekly meal plans!

  75. Polara says

    Mmm. i’m making carnitas later this week with some pork roast I bought on sale…my husband likes to eat it with rice, beans and pico de gallo. Now I just need to dig out my cilantro-lime rice recipe. Yum!

  76. looks fabulous! i <3 mexican!

  77. Rita says

    I love tostadoes! My mom would make them frequently when I was growing up for a quick weeknight dinner.

  78. Kristen says

    Yum! We love mexican food here!

  79. Joan Callaway says

    I just found Good Cheap Eats, but I’ve been reading Live as Mom for some time…This is one of my favorite dinners. Always looking for new ways to prepare the carnitas. Thanks.

  80. Erin says

    I love a fiesta!

  81. Kathryn Vanderpol says

    We love Mexican food! Delicious and cheap!

  82. Michele says

    I could eat Mexican almost every day of the week.