$12 Carnitas Street Tacos for Broke College Students (Coronas not included)

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Eat all week (or for 3 days if you're greedy like me) for under $15 ๐Ÿ˜‹

If you're always on the go and also pretty lazy when it comes to cooking, this recipe is for you. Literally, set it and forget it. Don't you just love crock pots? Since being a college student is pretty much synonymous with being broke as hell, I've had to get pretty creative with my recipes so that I have enough gas to make it to class. Check out how I whipped up some pretty tasty carnitas below:

So Thursday night I was missing good ole Cali-forn-i-a (as I often do) and I decided to to attempt the ever so delicious carnitas street taco. Pork butt was on sale for $7 and I already had all of the spices I needed at home so I just snagged some onions, cilantro, and tortillas.

It's been a while since I've had some authentic Mexican food (thanks a lot, Georgia) but I figured I'd give it a go and if it turned out alright I'd blog about it and tell you how I made it.

Disclaimer: I'm not a super fancy food blogger so we're gonna use estimates here and you can tweak as you see fit.

What You'll Need

A crock pot
Pork Butt (or shoulder)
Cheap tortillas 
Green Onion
Red Onion
4 Limes
Fresh Garlic

Random seasonings from your spice rack (cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, and cayenne pepper)

Coronas. Yes, they're mandatory for sips in between all the heavy chopping we're going to be doing.


Let's do this. 

Keep in mind that this recipe isn't 1000% authentic bc I ended up using low carb tortillas (they were on sale and buy one get one free) instead of the traditional corn tortilla. Use whatever is economically sound (aka cheapest). Don't worry, it won't compromise taste. 

      Take a sip from your corona. Slice up a lime into wedges. Stick a wedge into the corona. Take  another sip. 

      Take the pork butt out of the packaging and rinse thoroughly. Pat it dry with paper towels. Set aside. 

      Make the dry rub. Grab a container (I used dollar tree tupperware) and pour your seasonings in. Stir the spices in together. Take a sip from the corona. 

      I don't use measuring cups but here's a rough estimate of my proportions. 
        •  1/3 cup of cumin
        •  2 tbsp salt  
        •  2 tbsp pepper
        • 1/2 cup garlic powder
        • 1/2 cup onion powder
        • 1 tbsp paprika
        • 1/4 cup chili powder
        • couple of dashes of cayenne pepper (optional)        
     Rub the seasonings on the butt. No, not your butt. The pork butt. Make sure it's well saturated. Then set it in the crock pot on HIGH for 5hrs or LOW for 8hrs. 

     Dice the red and green onions and also the garlic. Shred or chop the cilantro-whatever you're into.     Throw the garlic into the crock pot. Slice a lime in half and squeeze the juice from both halves into     the crockpot over the pork butt. Now you can go take a nap or go to class or binge watch Shameless on Netflix for a few hours. 

    When the timer goes off check the pork butt, it should be pretty much falling apart...like me during     finals. Use two forks to shred the pork. If you want, you can warm the tortillas by nuking them in       the microwave for about 10 seconds or on the stovetop. Top with pork, onions, and cilantro and you're good to go! 

If you tried it, let me know if you liked it. :) 

NOTE: You may notice that we only used 1 lime in the recipe. The other limes are for coronas. You're welcome. 

Till next time, Budget Babes. 



  1. I am going to have to try this, thank you for sharing. Now I am hungry. #BGWB&Y

  2. This looks super yummy! I'm always looking for meals that are pretty easy and can take me through the week without breaking bank, going to give this a try!

  3. YESSS carnitas!! I love a good taco. Great post.

    Leslie / @hautemommie / www.thehautemommie.com

  4. I'm definitely trying this !! Seems super easy and quick !!