Pulled Pork is so easy to make and so versatile. I use it to make Pulled Pork Sammy’s and Slaw, Breakfast Huevos Rancheros , Mini Taco Bites and of course Pulled Pork Tacos! It’s even better when crisped and made into carnitas! Gotta love those crispy brown those edges!
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How to Make Pulled Pork Tacos with Cilantro Lime Rice (Crock Pot or Instant Pot!):
We use a pork shoulder or “butt” drenched in broth, citrus and spices and then cooked quickly in the Instant Pot, traditional pressure cooker or slowly in a crock pot.. I will be providing instructions for all three and each turns out incredibly tender!
How To “Pull” the Pork:
Once your pork is cooked it will be so tender in fact, that you only need two forks to shred. Really, it’s just that easy!
Turning Pulled Pork Into Carnitas:
Traditional ‘carnitas’ is simply pulled pork cooked in lard until crispy. Yes, we love it! But being that most of us don’t have lard on hand these days I offer the option to turn your pulled pork into carnitas by reheating in a pan or under the broiler.
The Cilantro Lime Rice:
Talk about easy! Just cook to package instructions and then add chopped cilantro, lime juice and sea salt! Find full recipe here.
The Recipe: Pulled Pork Tacos
Tips and what you will need: the Instant Pot, traditional pressure cooker or a crock pot..
Pulled Pork is so easy to make and so versatile. I use it to make Pulled Pork Sammy’s and Slaw, Breakfast Huevos Rancheros , Mini Taco Bites and of course Pulled Pork Tacos! It’s even better when reheated in a pan so the edges get browned and crispy! Trust me, brown those edges!
- 1 cup chicken or beef broth
- juice of one orange
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 large yellow onion, peeled and sliced
- 1 ~ 4 pound pork shoulder,also known as pork butt, bone in or out, cut into chunks roughly the size of a large lemon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 bay leaves
- Your favorite tortillas
- Top with chopped onion, cilantro, avocado, salsa verde and Cotija cheese
Combine all dried spices with broth and orange juice in instant pot, pressure cooker or crock pot, whisk well
Place onions and pork into Instant Pot, crock pot or pressure cooker
Add cinnamon stick and bay leaves
Set crock pot on low for 8-10 hours or high for 5-6 hours. I prefer low for 10, it turns out a bit more tender. Remove meat from pot and set on cutting board, discard liquid and onions. Use two forks to shred, discarding fat along the way. Season with more sea salt and pepper if desired as most of the spices will be discarded in the juices.
Close lid and make sure release valve is sealed.
Press 'meat' option and set to 35 minutes. When cooking time is done you can allow Instant Pot to stay in warm mode for as long as 15 minutes (any longer might dry out meat), then carefully release valve with oven mitt or spoon to release pressure.
Remove meat from pot and set on cutting board, discard liquid and onions. Use two forks to shred, discarding fat along the way. Season with more sea salt and pepper if desired as most of the spices will be discarded in the juices.
Set pressure cooker on HIGH and cook for 35 minutes, use natural release method. Remove meat from pot and set on cutting board, discard liquid and onions. Use two forks to shred, discarding fat along the way. Season with more sea salt and pepper if desired as most of the spices will be discarded in the juices.
To Make Carnitas: If you want those browned crispy edges, sear pork in a hot pan for a few minutes or place shredded meat on a cookie sheet under the broiler for a few minutes until crispy
Make tacos, garnish with chopped onions, avocado, chopped cilantro and cotija or any of the salsas in the blog post above.
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Love a great crockpot recipe. Look yummy.
Your photos are GORGEOUS love. The colors, clarity, and just everything here makes this recipe look so good! I need a good recipe for my boyfriend for Valentines day, so will definitely keep this in mind! He loves tacos, lol.
Love the blog girl xx
Hope he loves them!
Yum. We do a lot of pulled pork around here, but almost always cooked on our smoker. I love the sound (and look) of that mango salsa. I’m sure my kids would LOVE it too!!!
I don’t have a smoker. Sounds great!
This is such a beautiful dish! I love mango salsa and have never tried it with pulled pork. Pinning!
this looks so good! I absolutely LOVE tacos!
OMG! My mouth is watering!
Wow, these look amazing! I love your photos and I have the instapot so I’ll have to give this a try!!
Love this recipe! And love that you can make it so fast with the Instant Pot. Beautiful photos as always.
I love taco’s!! they are a staple in my households meal planning!! These look amazing and I love the mango salsa! Yum!
Yummy! We have been enjoying taco Tuesdays in our house for awhile now and I am always on the lookout for some great variations. Thanks for sharing!
I’ve never met a pork taco I didn’t like. I’m sure I’d love yours!
Deelicious! Those look so good. We do love tacos in this house and the salsa recipes made my mouth water! Do you use a specific cut of pork for this?
Yes pork shoulder 🙂
Thank you for the post. Trying these tacos tomorrow and looking forward to it!!! We just recently found out that my daughter can not process the antibiotics and hormones that are over loaded in our food these days. Her poor body was effected in many ways and showing evidence of preteen hormones at the age of five. Obviously, I was mortified for her and followed doctors advice to the “T” and she is now strictly organic. I look forward to exploring your website!!
Wow. That is really awful. I hope she is doing better!
Pulled pork is a favorite in our house and this version is so flavorful! Love the Instant Pot version.
Agreed! Can’t beat the IP!
I love almost any kind of pulled pork but this sounds so good!
I made this today it was very good, I did add some jalapenos and tajine seasoning, and I broke the cinnamon stick in half, which seemed like a perfect amount of cinnamon in it for my taste. Very yummy I will make this again!
Thanks Dianne. It never hurts to add jalapeno!