When I think of Texas I think about tacos. I’ve made countless trips to the Lonestar Sate So it seems fitting that this week I’d post a recipe for tacos. And these Juicy and Tender Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos are, I think, just what the doctor ordered.
These Juicy and Tender Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Tacos are true comfort food – moist and juicy, with an earthy citrusy flavor that’s a wonderful contrast to the pork’s richness. The fact that they are the easiest pulled pork tacos you’ll ever make is almost beside the point. So much flavor with so little effort…
Definitely “comfort food”. Wrapped in the freshest corn tortillas you can find (toasted or not, your choice!) and topped with marinated red onions, cotija cheese and a sprig of cilantro, these are the tacos I want when I want comfort food in the summer – and to be honest, just about any time of year. I’ve been making large batches of this pulled pork and have several containers stashed in my freezer for the coming weeks when I know the schedule is going to get a bit dicey and these tacos will go a long way towards soothing jangled nerves.
Much and all as I’d like to claim credit for creating this “recipe” – it predates me by several hundred years! These Juicy and Tender Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Tacos are a version of Cochinata Pibil. This famous Yucatan dish consists of pork that’s marinated in sour orange juice, seasoned with ground annatto seeds and then wrapped in banana leaves and slow roasted in a pit.
The true history of the dish however, is lost in time and probably pre dates written history. The use of sour orange juice however, is a more recent development – the oranges arrived with the Spanish sometime in the 1500’s.
Ok, so I did adapt the recipe for a slow cooker instead of a pit and eliminated the banana leaves – but if you’re so inclined I recommend wrapping the pork in banana leaves and cooking it in a pit. Cooking the pork this way does impart a flavor that no other cooking method does… but…
This slow cooker version comes darn close. And topped with marinated onions, sprinkled with cotija and cilantro and wrapped in a fresh and warm tortilla? Divine, I tell ya, divine – and worth a trip to your local Hispanic market for achiote paste, bitter orange juice… not to mention finding the freshest corn tortillas!
So, make yourself a batch of this pulled pork and share these tacos with those you love….