Crock-Pot Pulled Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
Our family loves tacos. A LOT. I especially love tacos when I can make the meat in the crockpot (if it makes my life easier, I am in!). These tacos combine savory pulled pork with a bright and fresh pineapple, cilantro and jalapeño salsa. Top them off with my chipotle lime crema and you are good to go!!
One of the nice things with tacos is that they are very easy to customize. When I give these tacos to my kids, I skip putting on the chipotle lime crema and take a scoop of the pineapple salsa that doesn’t have jalapeño in it. Remember when I said if it makes my life easier, I am in? Well this is another example - everyone in the family can eat (and enjoy!) the same dinner without Mom or Dad having to be a line cook!
Whenever I make this recipe, I always double the crock-pot pulled pork recipe so that I can freeze any leftovers. Whatever is left from our dinner, I put it in freezer Ziploc bag (it freezes really well). Then, the next time we want to have these tacos for dinner, it is super easy to just pull the pulled pork out of the freezer and only have to make the salsa!
Crock-pot Pulled Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
Crock-Pot Pulled Pork
2 lbs pork shoulder (boneless)
1/4 of white onion, quartered
1.5 cups chicken broth
1.5 Tbsp Worcestershire
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce*
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
2 cups pineapple, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 tsp jalapeno, diced
3 Tbsp red onion, diced
juice of 1/2 a lime
1 tsp salt
Chipotle Lime Crema
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 Tbsp skim milk
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
For the Crock-Pot Pulled Pork
Put the pork shoulder and the onion into a crockpot (don’t forget those crockpot liners!).
In a separate bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the crock-pot pulled pork recipe.
Cook the pork on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
For the Pineapple Salsa
Dice the pineapple**, cilantro, jalapeno and red onion. Combine these ingredients in a bowl.
Add the lime juice and salt and mix to combine.
For the Chipotle Lime Crema
Put all ingredients into a bowl and whisk to combine.***
*If you aren’t familiar with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, it comes in a small can that contains whole peppers and a red sauce that gives the pork a nice slightly spicy and smokey flavor. For my recipe, I just use the red sauce (the adobo sauce). I’ll be honest, I like things “Minnesota Spicy” (as do my kids), so it doesn’t add a ton of heat. If you want to kick it up a notch, add more sauce or puree some of the chipotle peppers!
**I like to use fresh pineapple, but if you are in a hurry or don’t have fresh pineapple, canned pineapple will work too!
***If you prefer a thinner sauce, just add more skim milk.
TIPS FOR INVOLVING KIDS
Let them help you measure the ingredients for the crock-pot pulled pork and pour them into the bowl (there are a lot so this will keep them busy)!!
Have them whisk to combine all the ingredients.
Check in on the progress of your food in the crockpot - my boys love checking to see how far along it has come!
Have them help you chop up the pineapple and cilantro with these knives.