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Juicy, tender and made in the slow cooker these mexican style pulled pork tacos have an earthy, citrusy flavor and are almost effortless!
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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!

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Notes

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

Nutrition

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