Pulled Pork Tacos with Pickled Red Onions and Cilantro Pesto

Danielle Williams


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.

★★★★★ 8 votes
30 Min
6 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
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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.


10 lb
bone in pork butt
1/2 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
4 tsp
4 tsp
black pepper
2 tsp
cayenne pepper
2 tsp
2 Tbsp
2 tsp
Sazon adobo seasoning
2 tsp
1/4 Tbsp
olive oil
2 c
dark beer
2 c
chicken stock
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
2 Tbsp
sour cream
1 Tbsp
lime juice
tortillas, corn


1Puncture 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.
2Heat 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.
3Thinly 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.
4In 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.
5Heat oven to 350 degrees.
6Once 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.
7Wrap tortillas in tin foil and heat in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
8To assemble taco place generous amount of pork in the tortilla, add a few dollops of cilantro pesto, and top with pickled red onions.

About this Recipe

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