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Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Pork Tacos

Do you ever get an urge to really clean your house? I don’t mean just your usual dusting and vacuuming, but a REALLY good cleaning? I officially declare this past weekend Spring Cleaning Weekend. That’s what went down in this house. We dusted everything, scrubbed the kitchen and bathrooms. I even cleaned all of the baseboards. Holy dust, Batman! I washed all the rugs and blankets. Now I just have to re-organize our pantry and I think I will feel complete.

I also spent a good part of Friday and Saturday night going through the monstrous stack of cooking magazines I have collected over the last few years. Seriously, I had magazines going back to 2008. I went through each one and pulled out all of the recipes I wanted. Then I got a binder and page protectors and got to work on making my cooking magazine cookbook. The old magazines get to be hauled down to the recycle bin by my poor husband. Hope he doesn’t break his back carrying them down the stairs.

With all the cleaning happening, I wasn’t feeling up to making a big dinner. A slow cooker meal was definitely in order. We love Mexican food in this house. We could probably eat it everyday and be really happy. Instead of our usual chicken or beef tacos, I opted for pork this time around. This was a great meal to eat after all the cleaning!

Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Pork Tacos

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Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Pork Tacos

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 7 hours

Total Time: 7 hours, 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. boneless pork shoulder
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 tbs. chili powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 cups beer (pale ale, I used Corona; or 2 cups chicken broth)
  • tortillas
  • toppings: cheese, sour cream, avocado, black beans

Directions:

  1. Add the pork shoulder to a slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix together the lime juice, chili powder, salt, garlic, cumin, and oregano. Pour the spice mixture over the pork. Add the beer to the slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
  3. When the pork is done, remove the meat from the slow cooker onto a cutting board or dish and shred with a fork. Add the meat back into the slow cooker to soak up all of the juice. Serve in warmed tortillas with desired taco toppings.

Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Pork Tacos

   

42 Responses to “Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Pork Tacos”

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    Reem | Simply Reem — April 2, 2012 at 2:36 am

    after reading your post I am staring at the magazine stack in my room…
    Ok I need the Deep Cleaning toooo ..
    Beautiful tacos and i really enjoyed reading facts about you…
    have a great week.

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — April 2, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Whenever I see delicious slow cooker recipe, I tell myself “BUY NOW!”…. even though it’s a little impossible with my space in the kitchen. These tacos look YUMMY! I’ve made pulled pork once for tacos and it’s been a while since then. I’m inspired to make this soon!

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    Donna — April 2, 2012 at 4:36 am

    I’m with Nami…MUST BUY SLOW-COOKER STAT….but for now I’ll have to make do with my Le Creuset dutch oven…Any suggestions for not “overdoing” the cooking process and keeping the pork moist?…Also…do you suggest any specific kinds of tortilla? Flour or corn…or 100% limed corn ones (I can find them in Switzerland at the North American Market…?

    Good on you for your thorough Spring Cleaning…I accumulate WAY too many food revues…but I haven’t the heart to throw them away (recycle I mean!) or go through them for fear I’ll “accidently” throw out some possible “gem” of a recipe…it’s so ridiculous on my part…I realize! Hopefully this recipe will inspire me to finally go through things!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 2nd, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

      Hi Donna. You can certainly make this in a dutch oven. I would recommend cooking at 325 F for about 2 hours. Definitely keep an eye on it that last half hour though. It may just need about 1 1/2 hours. You can baste the pork with some of the juice every 30 mins or half way through. As for the tortillas, that is totally up to you! We like corn tortillas in this house, but you can use flour tortillas too. Whichever you prefer!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — April 2, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Having a weekend like that always makes me feel so good and accomplished. Things must be looking really good over at your place. Nice that you had a lovely dinner waiting for you.

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    Ramona — April 2, 2012 at 7:53 am

    You’re amazing… if I did all that cleaning and organizing, I would have ordered pizza! :) This looks way better than any old pizza anyway! Good for you getting it all done this weekend! I need to do that to my cooking mags.

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 2, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Oh, wow, these tacos look yummy. Tacos are categorized under my favorite things to eat, and these should be in that category.

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    Kiri W. — April 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I love the lime in this – it looks like a perfect treat! :) Mmm tacos!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I love doing pulled pork like this, so thanks for reminding me that I need to fire up my Crock Pot again! These tacos look absolutely mouthwatering, Stephanie. Great recipe and pretty photos!

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    Tiffany — April 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Hilarious! I also spent the weekend cleaning! I even busted out my toothbrush to scrub the hard to reach parts :D

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — April 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I have a serious magazine problem too. Oy. Maybe I can motivate to do the big clean out next weekend.

    In the meantime, these tacos look amazing. I’ve love to try them with tempeh and a bunch of cilantro.

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    Cassie — April 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Great flavors on these, Stephanie! They look mouthwatering!

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    Megan (Country Cleaver} — April 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I have a slow-cooker (really I just used my dutch oven) recipe similar to this – but I didn’t cook mine in beer – which now I am really wishing I did because I think is a AWESOME idea!! How did that not dawn on me?! Well, I guess I better make them again with beer! Darn… (sarcasm.) hahah

    • Stephanie replied: — April 3rd, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

      Ya gotta try the beer! :)

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    Tina (PinayInTexas) — April 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Love simple but delicious slow cooker recipes like this.
    Haven’t made tacos for ages! Thanks inspiring me, Stephanie!

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    Janet@FCTC — April 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Steph, dear dear woman… next time this mood hits, please call me. I will happily supply you with my home address :-D

    Please bring some of these tacos with however when you do, because they sound fantastic!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I need to make this! It looks wonderful. We love anything Mexican.
    I did a similar thing with all my magazines before we moved. Unfortunately I haven’t kept it up, so 6 months later and it is kind of out of control again :)

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    MaryBeth — April 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    How yummy is this dish, I love anything made in a slow cooker. Looks So Delish!

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    Liz — April 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Time to put pork shoulder on my shopping list…these tacos look incredible!!!

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    kale @ tastes good to me! — April 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I have heard of these urges….. if it ever happens to me, it must be such a quiet, delicate nudge that I don’t notice. ;) Pulled pork tacos, on the other hand? Now THAT is an urge I notice!!

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    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles — April 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    From the slow cooker you say… what an impressive result. Love the combination of chili and lime… always a winner in my books!

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    Ben the Crock Pot King — April 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Stephanie,
    Love the recipe!!! Love the site!!! Please keep it comin!!! As far as the recipes, What I love is how you set everything up, the pics say it all! I’ll definitely spread the word.
    Once again BRAVO!
    P.S.
    I’ve already book marked your post.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I feel like doing spring cleaning every other week, but then I get lazy. It’s amazing how quickly dust can accumulate.

    I’m loving this slow cooker recipe. A slow cooker can come in so handy when you just don’t feel like cooking but you still want a homemade meal on the table. Well done! :)

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    Cucina49 — April 3, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Those look fabulous! Perfectly flavored with just enough spice.

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    Tina@flourtrader — April 3, 2012 at 6:47 am

    This is one of my favorite dishes when we eat Tex Mex. I think it is because I see it as healthier since it is not real saucy and you can add chunks of veggies. Your plating here does look tasty. Also, it was a perfect choice for a busy day. Good luck finishing your spring clean out. I am doing that also, but it is a slow process!

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    Peggy — April 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

    See, I get in spurts of deep cleaning mode. I had a week off of school not too long ago and decided to redo our guest room – I throughout (donated!) clothes that I didn’t even know I had – and made a cluttered room into a “livable” room. I definitely had to take one room at a time – my bathroom is next – hopefully this weekend! And I might just have a crockpot of these tacos simmering while I do it =)

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    Katerina — April 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Oh, I have my clean the house moments and my husband says I am histerical but as much tiring as it is I love to saty in a really clean house. I love Mexican too and this one would be perfect for my family too!

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    RavieNomNoms — April 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    This is right up my alley! I love slow cookers they are so versatile! I mean really really versatile. You can cook so many different things in them. You did such a nice job with this. I am sure that meat is just outstanding. The texture of meat out of the slow cookers is always divine!

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    Stephanie — April 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you all so much for your sweet comments!! :)

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    Alyssa — April 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I would give my left shoulder for some pork shoulder right now! :) These tacos look sooooo good! It’s 6am and now I’m thinking, I need to find a taco place. And I love your idea for organizing recipes from magazines. I recently went through all of mine (for finding photos) and I realized how many I’m holding on to–yes, I told my husband that we had to ship them all here too, or I wasn’t coming :)

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    Jade — April 5, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Awesome Tacos, really looks great ..
    it would be heaven if you lettin to take a bite :)

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    Live a Sweet Life — April 7, 2012 at 12:07 am

    These are making me so hungry! They look so good!

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    Jen — May 5, 2012 at 5:21 am

    That taco looks delicious.

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    Andrea — September 20, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Great recipe! I topped these with a ginger-lime slaw ( http://www.food.com/recipe/ginger-lime-cole-slaw-395163 )…amazing!

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    Camille — October 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I was going to make another slow-cooker pulled pork taco recipe, except I had one major ingredient missing. In a frantic google search for another recipe, I came across yours, and I think we are going to like it even more! Thank you!! :)

    • Stephanie replied: — October 23rd, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

      I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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    Nickki — November 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    My husband and u found this recipe a year ago. We absolutely love it. We have made it for pot lucks and just lazy days at home and it always tastes fabulous. Love my crockpot!!

    • Stephanie replied: — November 10th, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

      Happy to hear you like it, Nickki!

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    Stephanie — July 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

    These are delicious. We’ve made them several times now – and wet add orange slices to the top and some read onion. Just slice the orange and put it across the top of the pork in the crockpot – and do the same with the red onion.
    Delicious – the kids LOVE it! It is also really nice when you have company coming. Thanks for this recipe!

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    Hannah — August 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Hi!

    I’m looking for a recipe for a dinner party with ~25 people and this looks delicious! I have two questions…

    1. How much would each crockpot hold? Should I assume 4 servings will fill one pot? I’m hoping I can fit two servings per pot (or more!) :)

    2. You said this serves 4. Are those fairly filling servings? Or on the lighter side? I want to make sure we don’t run out of food :)

    Thanks so much for the recipe! And also if you’re able to answer my questions xo

    Hannah

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