Pulled Pork Tacos with Pickled Red Onions and Cilantro Pesto

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Danielle Williams

By
@dwilliams1983

This recipe takes some time, but is well worth the time. It tastes great, and is an inexpensive way to please a game day crowd.

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My goodness, this rub recipe is a real knock-out! Throw in the yummy cilantro pesto and delicately pickled red onions and you have got one truly special meal. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 8 votes

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Serves:
20
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
6 Hr
Method:
Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 10 lb
    bone in pork butt
  • 1/2 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 4 tsp
    salt
  • 4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 2 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp
    cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp
    cumin
  • 2 tsp
    Sazon adobo seasoning
  • 2 tsp
    paprika
  • 1/4 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 c
    dark beer
  • 2 c
    chicken stock
  • 1/2
    red onion, sliced
  • 3 1/4 c
    fresh cilantro
  • 2 c
    apple cider vinegar
  • 3 clove
    garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 c
    water
  • 2 Tbsp
    sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp
    lime juice
  • 20
    tortillas, corn

How to Make Pulled Pork Tacos with Pickled Red Onions and Cilantro Pesto

Step-by-Step

  1. Puncture a few slits in the fat of the pork. Mix together first 8 ingredients and rub all over the pork. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours, but best over night.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium high. Add olive oil. Brown pork on all sides. Place in crock pot and add 1 beer and 2 cups chicken stock. Cook on high for 6 hours or until falling apart.
  3. Thinly slice 1/2 of a large red onion. Place in large mason jar with apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp and black pepper. Let sit for at least three hours or overnight.
  4. In a food processor pulse together the pumpkin seeds, cilantro, and garlic. Add salt, pepper, olive oil, water, sour cream, and lime juice. If mixture is too thick, add a little more water, it should be the consistency of pesto.
  5. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Once pork is done cooking begin shredding the meat with two forks. Place in a bowl and add a few cups of the pork juices to the meat so that it is very moist.
  7. Wrap tortillas in tin foil and heat in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  8. To assemble taco place generous amount of pork in the tortilla, add a few dollops of cilantro pesto, and top with pickled red onions.

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About Pulled Pork Tacos with Pickled Red Onions and Cilantro Pesto

Course/Dish: Pork Tacos & Burritos
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Recipe For: The Best Pulled Pork



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