Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

Pulled pork tacos are a weeknight go-to meal because these slow cooker pulled pork tacos are so quick and easy to make.

A platter of Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos.

Why this recipe works

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos are always a go-to meal at my house when I don’t know what else to make.

That’s because they’re so quick and easy to put together in the morning.

I stock up on pork loin when it’s on sale and keep several in the freezer just to make shredded pork tacos when I’m all out of ideas for dinner.

This pulled pork taco recipe has become such a family and friend favorite that I make it for parties and potlucks, too!

A platter of Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos with avocados.

Make crock-pot pulled pork tacos for taco night

The beauty of Family Taco Night is that it’s easy to put together, quick to clean up, and everyone can usually find something they like to eat.

With that in mind, my crock-pot pulled pork tacos recipe isn’t too spicy – unless you like your pulled pork tacos that way!

While I use ground chipotle chile pepper along with diced green chilies in my shredded pork tacos, you have the option of turning up the heat by adding some cayenne pepper or jalapeno chilies if you wish.

I also use smoked paprika, so you get the smoky taste of pulled pork tacos done in a grill or smoker without the hassle of setting one up!

Plus, what could be easier to clean up than shredded pork tacos made in a slow cooker, especially if you use a slow cooker liner!

A tray of Pulled Pork Tacos with a yellow cutting board of avocados.

How do you serve your shredded pork tacos?

I like serving pulled pork tacos on warm soft corn tortillas street taco style with the following toppings:

chopped cilantro

salsa – sweet, verde and/or fresca

Mexican hot sauce

shredded Mexican-style cheese

crumbled queso fresco

wedges of lime

diced tomatoes

slices of avocado

chopped green onions

non-fat Greek yogurt

Don’t forget your side dishes! I love serving these tacos with a side of Easy Mexican Rice.

I usually heat my corn tortillas on a griddle pan and then keep them warm in an insulated fabric tortilla warmer.

I love my tortilla warmer! So much better than keeping them warm (and drying them out) in the oven!

A platter of Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos a tray of toppings, a lime, and hot sauce.

More ways to serve up pulled pork tacos!

You’ll probably notice that I made a huge amount of pulled pork tacos in my large, six-quart slow cooker.

It seems you cannot get a pork loin smaller than six pounds where I live. People are serious about their shredded pork recipes around these parts!

If you have the same situation in your hometown, that means you’ll have plenty of pulled pork leftovers after Family Taco Night. Here are some serving and recipe ideas besides pulled pork tacos:

pulled pork taco bowls – served the shredded pork on white or brown rice and add salsa, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro and onions

shredded pork burritos

the leftover pork meat can be reheated in a skillet along with eggs and potatoes as a breakfast hash

pork leftovers can be added to a big pot of Pozole Soup

pulled pork sandwiches – use enchilada or a spicy mole sauce instead of barbecue sauce

make Leftover Turkey Enchiladas or chicken enchilada casserole and substitute shredded pork for the turkey or chicken

This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos recipe is incredibly versatile, so I’m sure you’ll think of many ways to serve it up!

Yield: 10 SERVINGS

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

Pulled pork tacos are a popular weeknight meal. You'll find these slow cooker pulled pork tacos are quick and easy to make.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 6-pound pork loin
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 4-ounce cans diced green chilies
  • 4 tablespoons stevia or powdered monk fruit sweetener
  • 2 teaspoons ground chipotle chile pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Cut the pork loin into 3 or more pieces so it will cook more quickly. Place pork in your slow cooker.
  2. Place canned tomatoes, chilies, and seasonings in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir until combined.
  3. Pour spicy tomato mixture over the pork, evenly covering it.
  4. Place lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or until pork is tender enough to pull apart with a fork.
  5. When cooked through, remove pork from slow cooker and place in a large casserole dish. Pull apart – or shred – pork with two meat forks.
  6. Strain the liquid from the slow cooker to capture smaller pieces of pork and diced tomato. Set reserved liquid aside.
  7. Place shredded pork and tomatoes back into crock. Taste meat. If you feel it's a bit dry add some of the reserved liquid and mix in. (Toss remaining liquid.) Cover the crock with lid and turn slow cooker off.
  8. Place pulled pork and your favorite taco fillings into the corn tortillas. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 pound

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 554Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 218mgSodium: 393mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 73g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

Originally published on May 10, 2013 and February 17, 2016. Updated with new information and pictures.

6 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

  1. Emma Warner

    I am going to make this for a large group next weekend it sounds fantastic but I do have one question. What brand of corn tortillas do you recommend? in the past when I’ve made street tacos the tortillas just seem to tear and are not flexible so my family always asks “can we just use flour tortillas!?” but I really love the corn. I live in Texas so we usually have a good selection.

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      I like La Banderita brand. Remember to heat up your tortillas a few seconds in the microwave or on a heated skillet to soften them. You may want to double up on the corn tortillas if you’re finding they tear too easily, too.


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