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[Leftover] Pulled Pork Tacos
with slaw / avocado / cotija + strawberries

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min
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When we have leftover slow-cooker pulled pork, we find it nearly impossible to resist making quick tacos! Top these with a tart slaw with pickled red onions, creamy avocado and tangy cotija cheese. To make the most of fresh summer berries, add a fruit salad with strawberries and mint on the side.



Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork:
  • Pork, boneless loin (sub pork shoulder or pork butt) - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Liquid smoke (opt) - 2 tsp
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Limes - 1, zest of
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
Pickled Red Onion Slaw:
  • Onions, red - 1/2, thinly sliced
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 3 Tbsp
  • Cilantro - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Coleslaw mix - 7 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp
Pulled Pork Tacos:
  • Cheese, cotija (sub feta) - 3/4 cup, grated
  • Avocados - 1, sliced
  • Pulled pork (ingredients listed separately) - ~3 cups
  • Tortillas, taco-sized corn or flour - 8
  • Pickled red onion slaw (ingredients listed separately) - ~2 cups
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
Strawberries with Lime and Mint:
  • Mint, fresh (opt) - 6 leaves, sliced
  • Strawberries (sub any berries) - 1 pint, sliced
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Slow cook pork - (Skip this step if pork was already made for Tuesday’s meal.) Place pork in the bowl of a slow cooker. Top with liquid smoke, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, lime zest, salt and pepper. Cook pork on low for 7 to 8 hours. (Alternatively, you can cook pork in a covered Dutch oven at 300 F / 149 C until it shreds easily, 4 to 5 hours.) (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Pickle onions - Thinly slice onions. Combine with apple cider vinegar and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Cheese - Grate or crumble cheese. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Cilantro - Chop cilantro. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Make slaw - Drain excess vinegar off pickled onions. Toss onions with cilantro, coleslaw mix, oil (the portion for the slaw) and sugar. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  6. Mint / Strawberries - Prep as directed and combine with lime juice (the portion for the berries) and honey.
  7. Avocados - Slice avocados.


  1. If pork was made for Wednesday’s dinner and is already shredded, reheat in the microwave or in a frying pan with a splash of oil. If not pre-shredded, use forks to shred pork. (If it does not shred easily, transfer it to a cutting board and roughly chop with a knife.)
  2. Heat tortillas according to package directions.
  3. Assemble tacos by topping tortillas with pork, pickled onion slaw, avocados and crumbled cheese. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  4. Serve tacos with strawberries on the side (or save the strawberries for dessert) and enjoy!

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This meal has 36 reviews

Used pork butt instead of the loin based on the meat counter recommendation. First time making pulled pork and it was so juicy and delicious. I can't wait to make this again!

By: Rayna
Posted: Apr 20, 2018
Diet: Original

It was good, but a little dry.

By: Cathleen
Posted: Oct 27, 2017
Diet: Gluten-free

Would mush avocado instead. Maybe add fruit salsa

By: Megan
Posted: Aug 25, 2017
Diet: Original

The paleo ingredients seemed like they'd be weird together, but i really enjoyed this.

By: Sundi
Posted: Jun 25, 2017
Diet: Paleo

Unfortunately, our pulled pork was too dry to make this work. Didn't try the pickled onion slaw, but from other reviews, it sounds like a good pairing. Also, would love to try the Strawberries with lime and mint sometime!

By: Karin
Posted: Dec 12, 2016
Diet: Original

This one is an absolute winner. Loved it! Made a avocado cream with my avocado, but just a personal prefernce since I don't like avocado's texture.

By: Liza
Posted: Nov 08, 2016
Diet: Original