Mexican Shredded Pork Tacos (A Savory Slow-Cooked Delight)

As a lover of Mexican cuisine and a passionate home cook, I am always on the lookout for mouthwatering dishes that bring a burst of flavor to my table.

And there’s one family meal prep dish that never fails to impress and satisfies my loved ones’ cravings for an authentic Mexican fiesta.

It is none other than Mexican Shredded Pork Tacos.

The combination of tender, juicy shredded pork, vibrant spices, and fresh toppings all wrapped in soft tortillas is simply irresistible. (

The aroma of slow-cooked pork, infused with traditional Mexican seasonings.

Takes me back to fond memories of dining at bustling street markets in Mexico during vacations. (oh, the memories)

Now, you might be wondering, “How can I recreate this fiesta in my kitchen?”

Fear not, my culinary comrades, because I’m here to spill the beans (or should I say pork?) on my secrets on how to craft this delectable pork dish.

So, whether you’re hosting a fiesta with friends or just looking for a scrumptious weeknight meal for your busy family.

These Mexican shredded pork tacos are here to save the day.

Get ready to embark on a gastronomic adventure that will have you saying “adios” to bland meals and “hola” to flavor town!

No need to pack your bags and travel thousands of miles. I’ll bring the spirit of Mexico right to your kitchen.

So, grab your apron, put on some lively music, and let’s get cooking! Time to unleash your inner chef and treat yourself to a fiesta of flavors.

Are Mexican Shredded Pork Tacos Healthy?

(And that’s the big question) Well, the good news is, with some savvy tweaks, these flavorful delights can fit right into your healthy eating meal prep.

Let’s dive into the world of nutritional benefits and taco-transforming tips to create a healthier taco experience.

Nutritional Benefits of Pork

Believe it or not, pork can be a nutritional powerhouse!

Packed with protein, iron, zinc, and B vitamins, it’s a fantastic choice when chosen wisely.

Now, you might be asking yourself, “How can I choose the perfect pork?”

For this recipe, I’ll be using pork shoulder or pork butt. But if you want things on the healthier side, opt for lean cuts like tenderloin or loin chops.

They’re lower in fat and calories, making them the perfect option for those meal-prepping for bodybuilding.

Balance of Ingredients in Tacos 

Fresh lettuce, tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion on top of a gray surface

Yes, the star ingredient is the mouthwatering shredded pork, but don’t stop there.

Load up your slow cooker pork tacos with an explosion of fresh, nutrient-packed toppings.

Like crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, zesty onions, and colorful bell peppers. (oh, the fiesta of flavors!)

And here’s a pro tip: You can swap those ordinary tortillas for whole-grain or corn ones.

These babies are high in fiber, elevating the nutritional profile of your tacos to the next level.

And don’t forget the homemade salsa and guacamole, adding extra zest to your meal without the sneaky additives.

Healthier Cooking and Serving Hacks

The way you cook your pork can be a game-changer, especially for your waistline.

Say goodbye to excessive calories by slow-cooking the pork with minimal added fats. (No deep-frying or oil overload here!)

Let the tenderness and flavor shine without the extra guilt.

Need an alternative to pork? Fear not! Shredded lean chicken or turkey can step into your tacos to save the day without compromising taste.

(It’s like having a superhero backup for your tacos!)

Remember, my friends, portion control is your ally. Enjoy your tacos mindfully, savoring each bite, and reveling in the flavors without overindulging.

(It’s all about savoring the fiesta without any post-meal regrets!)

So, there you have it—Mexican shredded pork tacos substitutions that you can try to transform this dish into a wholesome meal that aligns with your health goals.

Mexican Shredded Pork Tacos

Recipe by TealnotesCourse: RecipesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 lbs (900g) boneless pork shoulder or pork butt, trimmed of excess fat

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (adjust to taste), minced

  • For Serving:

  • 12 small corn or flour tortillas

  • Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

  • Diced tomatoes

  • Sliced avocado

  • Crumbled queso fresco or shredded cheese

  • Lime wedges


  • Place vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

    Once hot, add the pork shoulder and sear on all sides until it gets a nice brown crust. Move the pork into the slow cooker.
  • In the same skillet, add the chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened.

    Toss in the minced garlic and sauté for an extra 30 seconds. Transfer the onion and garlic mixture to the slow cooker with the pork.
  • In a bowl, mix the chicken broth, orange juice, lime juice, ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, dried oregano, ground coriander, salt, black pepper, and minced chipotle peppers.

    Stir well to combine all the spices and pour the sauce over the pork in the slow cooker.
  • Cover the slow cooker with the lid and set it to cook on low heat for 6 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours.

    The pork should become incredibly tender and easily shred with a fork when done.
  • Once the cooking time is up, remove the pork from the slow cooker and transfer it to a large plate or cutting board.

    Utilizing two forks, break the pork into bite-sized shreds.
  • Heat up the tortillas in a dry skillet or microwave. Fill each tortilla with a generous amount of tender shredded pork.

    Top with chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, and crumbled queso fresco or shredded cheese.

    Squeeze some fresh lime juice over the top for a burst of tangy flavor.
  • Serve the delicious Mexican shredded pork tacos immediately and let everyone customize their tacos with their favorite toppings.

    Enjoy this flavorful feast that brings the taste of Mexico right to your table!

Enjoy this succulent slow-cooked pork dish with friends and family for a fiesta of flavors that will have everyone asking for seconds! 

Delicious Complementary Dishes for your Mexican Shredded Pork Tacos

No Mexican shredded pork taco feast is complete without some delightful sides and complementary dishes that perfectly complement the flavors of the main attraction.

Here are three must-have additions that will elevate your taco experience to a whole new level.

Classic Rice and Beans

A timeless and satisfying combination of fluffy long-grain white rice and hearty black beans, seasoned with aromatic spices like cumin and garlic. 

This classic Mexican rice and beans add a delightful texture and flavors that perfectly complement the Mexican shredded pork tacos.

Mexican Street Corn

Mexican stree corn on a round cyan plate

Also known as “Elote,” this iconic Mexican street food is a must-try.

Grilled corn on the cob is generously slathered with a creamy and tangy mixture of mayonnaise, cotija cheese, and lime juice, then sprinkled with chili powder and cilantro.

It’s a sweet and savory explosion of taste that will impress even the picky eaters.

Refreshing Beverages to Pair With Your Mexican Shredded Pork Tacos

Take your intimate dinner for two to new heights by quenching your thirst and complementing your taco feast with an array of invigorating beverages.

Opt for traditional Mexican drinks like Agua Fresca, a fruit-infused water that comes in flavors like watermelon, pineapple, or hibiscus.

Or you can definitely try Horchata, a creamy and sweet rice-based drink with a hint of cinnamon.

Both options provide a cooling and delightful contrast to the bold flavors of the tacos.

These sides and beverages perfectly complement the Mexican shredded pork tacos.

Offering a well-rounded and delightful culinary experience that will transport you to the vibrant streets of Mexico. 

And there you have it, a delightful journey into the world of this delicious shredded pork masterpiece.

A fiesta of flavors that brings the vibrant and authentic taste of Mexico right to your table.

With tender, slow-cooked pork infused with traditional spices, paired with fresh toppings and homemade salsa. (every mouthful is a fiesta of flavors)

Throughout this article, you’ve explored the question of whether pork tacos can be a healthy choice.

And by selecting lean cuts of pork and loading up on nutritious toppings.

You can turn this beloved dish into a wholesome and satisfying meal that fits your dietary preferences.

Whether you’re hosting a taco night with loved ones or simply enjoying a satisfying dinner for yourself.

These tacos are sure to delight and satisfy your craving for authentic Mexican cuisine.

With each bite, you’ll be transported to the bustling streets of Mexico, where the tantalizing aromas and vibrant flavors awaken your taste buds.

Now it’s your turn to bring the fiesta to life in your kitchen! Follow the easy recipe for slow-cooked Mexican shredded pork tacos.

And don’t forget to whip up the classic rice and beans or savor the irresistible elote.

Enhance your experience with refreshing agua fresca or creamy horchata to complete the feast.

So, gather your ingredients, prepare your slow cooker, and get ready for a culinary adventure that will leave you and your guests asking for more.

Embrace the joy of crafting these tantalizing tacos, and share the magic of Mexican flavors with your loved ones.

Now, go ahead and savor every delicious moment. Happy Eating!

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What are pork tacos called in Mexico?

In Mexico, pork tacos are commonly known as “Tacos de Carnitas.”

The term “carnitas” translates to “little meats” and refers to the tender, slow-cooked shredded pork typically used as the filling for these delicious tacos.

Tacos de Carnitas are beloved street food in Mexico, enjoyed for their succulent flavors and versatility in toppings.

How to store leftovers?

To store leftover Mexican shredded pork tacos, follow these simple steps:

  • Let the pork cool to the ambient temperature.

  • Transfer the shredded pork into an airtight container or sealable plastic bag.

  • You can keep it in the fridge for around 3-4 days. Ensure the pork is properly covered to prevent it from drying out.

  • When reheating, add a splash of broth or water to retain its moisture and tenderness.

What to serve on pork tacos?

Pork tacos can be customized with a delightful array of toppings and accompaniments.

Here are some classic and mouthwatering options to serve on your tacos:

  • Freshly chopped cilantro: For a burst of herbal goodness.

  • Diced onions: Adds a crunchy texture and a touch of pungency.

  • Sliced avocado or guacamole: Creamy and rich, adding a luxurious element.

  • Salsa: Choose from mild to fiery varieties, based on your spice preference.

  • Sour cream: Adds a cool and creamy contrast to the flavorful pork.

  • Lime wedges: Squeeze for a zesty pop of acidity.

Feel free to get creative and add your favorite toppings or explore traditional Mexican condiments to enhance your taco experience.

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