A Slow Cooker version of the Mexican classic, Tacos al Pastor is made with pork shoulder simmered in an aromatic mixture of pineapple, chiles, garlic and spices.
There are two things this busy mama relies on regularly now that school is back in session: taco nights and my slow cooker! For real though, they are both life savers.
As you know, I’m no stranger to slow cooking taco meat. From Gloria’s famous pork tacos to my Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa, you name it, I’m slow cooking it and throwing it in a corn tortilla.
In fact, over the last six years I’ve probably shared hundreds of slow cooker recipes and for good reason! Slow cooking allows flavors to develop and the end result is always tender and juicy. By keeping certain go-to kitchen appliances on hand like a slow cooker, I’m more likely to cook dinner at home which means I’ll save time, calories and money. Win win!
For a sweet and savory spin on pork tacos, I decided to create a Slow Cooker version of the Mexican classic: Tacos al Pastor. Boneless pork shoulder is slowly cooked in a puree of juicy pineapple, onions, garlic and chiles before being shredded and tossed into warmed corn tortillas.
For a little freshness and crunch I like to serve them with minced red onion, fresh cilantro and minced pineapple. Lime juice perks up the dish and rounds out the sweet and slightly spicy pork perfectly.
What are your favorite Slow Cooker recipes? I’m all ears now that school is back in session!
Does that amount of pineapple make these tacos sweet?
Can I substitute the red achiote paste this recipe requires?
Yes! Use tomato paste instead!
No forks required.
Slow Cooker Tacos al Pastor
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
A slow cooker version of the Mexican classic, Tacos al Pastor is made with pork shoulder simmered in an aromatic mixture of pineapple, chiles, garlic and spices.
Questions / Comments?
- 3 pound boneless pork shoulder
- 2 cups diced pineapple divided
- 2 medium onions one quartered and one diced
- 6 ounces dried chiles (such as guajillo,mulato, ancho, arbol, etc)
- 1/4 cup lime juice about 1 big lime
- 2 ounces red achiote paste
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- corn tortillas cilantro, minced onion, diced pineapple, lime wedges…