Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Soft Tacos Recipe

January 23, 2013

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Soft Tacos Recipe

Tacos are a great party food: Just put the fixings out and let guests make their own. The slow cooker pulled pork is easy to make ahead. Warm up the shredded pork on party night and put out your taco bar along with your other party fare — and don’t forget the salsa!


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 7 cups pulled pork, enough for 14-18 tacos



Pulled Pork

  • 1 cup onion, minced
  • 1 cup beer (any kind will do! It’s up to you to finish the rest of the bottle)
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ancho or chipotle chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4-5 pounds boneless pork butt or shoulder, visible fat removed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, minced

Taco Bar Fixing Ideas

  • 20 corn tortillas, warmed
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded red cabbage
  • Guacamole or sliced avocados
  • Sliced radishes
  • Lime wedges
  • [Macho Mango Salsa|]


  1. To make pulled pork: Combine onion through cayenne pepper in a slow cooker. Add pork, toss to coat, and cook on low for 7-8 hours. Remove pork from cooker and shred with two forks when cool enough to handle.
  2. Scoop 2-3 cups of braising liquid over pork. Stir in cilantro.
  3. Serve tacos with warm tortillas, sour cream, shredded red cabbage, guacamole or sliced avocados, sliced radishes, and lime wedges. Top with salsa -- try Macho Mango Salsa, our sweet and spicy favorite!


Pork can be made up to 2 days ahead. Simply rewarm just before serving. Leftovers (if there are any!) freeze exceptionally well. This recipe is also great as pulled pork sliders or sandwiches.

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