Go Back
+ servings
Juicy, tender and made in the slow cooker these mexican style pulled pork tacos have an earthy, citrusy flavor and are almost effortless!
Print Recipe Add to Collection
No ratings yet

Juicy and Tender Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

Prep Time12 hrs
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time17 hrs
Course: main dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10 - 12 servings
Calories: 339kcal


  • 5 pounds boneless pork shoulder fat trimmed
  • 1 ½ cups Naranja Agria bitter orange juice
  • ½ package achiote paste
  • 1 Tablespoon mexican oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 6 fresh corn tortillas
  • 1 package Cotija cheese crumbled
  • ½ bun
  • bunch fresh cilantro
  • for Marinated Onions:
  • 1 red onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Naranja Agria bitter orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • For the pork:
  • Cut the pork into 2 inch thick slices.
  • In a bowl combine the achiote paste, bitter orange juice, oregano, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Whisk until the achiote paste is fully dissolved.
  • Place the pork into a large ziploc bag and pour the marinade over.
  • Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
  • Put the pork and marinade in a slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 4 ½ - 5 hours or until the pork is fork tender.
  • Remove the pork from the slow cooker and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Using two forks, shred the pork.
  • Place in a serving bowl.
  • Pour the remaining marinade from the slow cooker over the pork and stir to combine. If not using immediately, cover and either refrigerate or freeze.
  • For the onions:
  • While the pork is cooking, combine the onions with the Naranja Agria and salt in a small bowl. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To assemble the tacos:
  • You can use the tortillas as they are, or you can char them over a gas cooktop or on the grill.
  • Fill with ¼ cup of the pulled pork, top with some of the marinated red onions,cotija cheese and cilantro.
  • Serve!



Although the prep time seems long, the majority of that time is for marinating!


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 857mg | Potassium: 918mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2.5mg