Slow Cooker Pork for Tacos


Surprise!  Another slow cooker recipe from Cooking Classy =).  I can’t help it, I love them!  They always yield such incredibly tender, flavorful meat.  The majority of the time I cook my meat for my main entrees in the slow cooker.

If you don’t have a slow cooker I highly recommend getting one! I bought mine for $30 (you can find it here for $34), I love it because the lid stays snug while cooking so all the liquids aren’t steaming out all day and it’s great for transporting.  I had to buy it recently because my other one exploded, yes exploded!  I did the dumbest thing ever.

I washed it then set it on the stovetop to dry, then apparently I turned on the wrong burner when I went to cook something and KABOOM!  It exploded because it was sitting on the hot, wrong burner I had accidentally turned on.  Talk about my dumbest kitchen moment ever, oops =).  Just glad no one got hurt, the breakage didn’t go far.  Sorry, I got sidetracked with that, onto the dish…

This recipe is amazingly simple and so versatile.  The pork can be used for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, tamales, sopas, taquitos, empanadas, salads, tortas, tostadas, mexican pizzas okay, okay you get the idea.  Did I mention it contains only 3 ingredients!  Talk about quick and easy.

This meal is likely to become one of your go to favorites, not just for it’s simplicity but for its phenomenal, enticing flavors!  It will have you coming back for more and more… and more.

If you love these then you would probably also love my recipe for Shredded Beef Tacos, again another versatile, simple recipe.  Another favorite is my Chicken Enchiladas with Green Sauce (from scratch), it’s also another easy and delicious dish.  Have I said yet how much I love and constantly crave Mexican food?

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Slow Cooker Pork for Tacos

Deliciously flavorful and tender pork tacos made in the slow cooker!

Servings: 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 2.5 lbs boneless pork spare ribs (look for some with less fat)
  • 1 cup apple juice (don't worry this isn't "sweet pork", it just balances out the saltiness)
  • 1 (1.25 oz) package taco seasoning (I use McCormick)Slow Cooker Pork for Tacos


  1. Place pork spare ribs in the slow cooker, pour apple juice over spare ribs. Sprinkle with half of the taco seasoning the flip spare ribs and season with remaining taco seasoning. Cover with lid and cook on low for 8 hours. Trim fat from pork and shred, return to slow cooker for an additional 20 - 30 minutes in taco seasoned broth. Strain broth or remove pork with tongs or fork when plating.
  2. For serving ideas see my recipe for Shredded Beef Tacos
  3. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: Slow Cooker Pork Tacos
Author: Jaclyn


  • Alice: Can you use apple cider vinegar and sugar if you don’t have apple juice? May 5, 2019 at 6:36am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d try using low sodium chicken broth and maybe 2 tsp honey instead. May 6, 2019 at 7:37pm Reply

  • Debbie: Do you think I could use the same seasoning method for a pork butt in the slow cooker for the pork tacos ? July 3, 2013 at 9:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yeah definitely! I love pork butt tacos :). July 3, 2013 at 4:34pm Reply

  • Renee Giraudo: You can get the boneless ribs at Costco June 22, 2013 at 8:09am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wish I could tell you but I don’t live close to a Costco so I’m not sure. Anyone else know? June 22, 2013 at 10:47am Reply

  • Sandra: I can’t find boneless ribs February 26, 2013 at 12:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You can just get the ones that have bones, they should also work fine. February 26, 2013 at 2:51pm Reply

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