Slow Cooker Pork Tacos
Deliciously tender and flavorful slow cooked pork tacos! Brimming with delicious Mexican chilies and spices and sure to satisfy. Layer in tacos with all your favorite toppings!
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours 40 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
- 3 whole dried ancho chiles
- 3 whole dried pasilla chiles
- 4 cloves garlic , unpeeled
- 2 - 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (from a can)
- 1/2 large yellow onion , quartered
- 3 Tbsp olive oil , divided
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth (3 1/2 cups)
- 4 - 5 lbs boneless pork shoulder roast (aka Boston butt roast)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Warmed corn tortillas , thinly sliced red cabbage, thinly sliced red onions, crumbled queso fresco or shredded monterey jack cheese, diced avocados, lemon wedges, cilantro leaves, sour cream
Place ancho chiles, pasilla chiles and unpeeled garlic in a microwave safe medium mixing bowl, pour 3 Tbsp water over peppers then microwave on high power, 2 - 3 minutes until peppers are soft and pliable. Meanwhile add chipotle peppers, yellow onion, 2 Tbsp olive oil, the honey, cider vinegar, oregano and 2 tsp salt to a food processor. Remove peppers from microwave and stem and seed them, then add to food processor. Peel garlic and add to food processor. Pulse mixture until well pureed.
Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pour sauce into skillet (scrape out any excess with a spatula) and fry until well thickened and fragrant, about 7 - 8 minutes (it should be like a thick tomato paste). Pour in broth, bring to a boil then reduce heat slightly and simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes (note that sauce can be made the night before and stored in the fridge to save prep time in the morning).
Trim large pieces of fat from pork roast then cut into chunks (about 6 - 8). Season pork all over with salt and pepper (just keep in mind you can add more salt later but can't take it out, so go lightly with the salt, especially considering there's plenty in the sauce mixture). Place pork in slow cooker then pour sauce evenly over pork, submerge bay leaves and cinnamon stick into sauce. Cover and cook on high 5 hours, or until meat is tender. Remove bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Remove pork while leaving broth in slow cooker. Shred pork and remove any fat while shredding. Ladle out as much of the fat from the top layer of broth (the greasy layer on top) as you can, return shredded pork to broth mixture (at this point you can add more salt if desired) cover and cook 30 minutes on warm or low to allow flavors to infuse into each piece.
Serve warm over tortillas with toppings listed.
Recipe source: adapted with slight changes from Food Network