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Crock Pot Asian Pork Tacos

Tacos are life. I love tacos. Seriously, tacos are my love language. What’s not to love? All it takes is placing amazing ingredients into a tortilla, and BOOM! A taco is born. You can make tacos out of anything, and I have yet to meet a taco I didn’t like. I love all tacos from the classic Tacos de Carne Asada to the Choco-Tacos I enjoyed as a middle school student cafeteria. But, as a mom, most weeknights, I just want a meal that my whole family will like, doesn’t break the bank, and is easy to make. For us, that is my Asian pork tacos.

Crock Pot Asian Pork Tacos

Crock Pot Asian Pork Tacos

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Once in a while, we do taco night up proper at Doseck Manor. I marinate chicken and steak for a full day, we make some homemade queso verde and guacamole, and invite everyone we know. But most of the time, I am just a mom trying to feed my family. I am trying to appease the pallets of two adults and two small children, while not spending too much time in the kitchen and not spending too much at the grocery store.

When I am coming up with a new meal for our family menu, I ask myself some questions.

What is on sale at the grocery store this week?

Pork is one of my favorite meats to cook with, and for this recipe, I use a pork loin roast. The pork loin is less fatty than the pork shoulder cut, and it shreds really easily. This week at my grocery store, the pork loin roasts were on sale for less than $2.00 per pound! It usually comes in packages between three and four pounds, which is more than enough to feed every member of my family for at least three days.

What’s in my pantry?

This recipe uses simple seasoning that I can mix together in two minutes. Soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, and chili paste are things I always have on hand. You should too. These flavors can be used in more than just Asian food – they can elevate so many recipes.

Can I prepare the recipe in less than 30 minutes?

Enter the crock pot. I am a big fan of crock pot recipes, and if you are a mom, chances are you are a fan of them, too. I love than this recipe doesn’t require much prep. The meat is ready to go in the crock pot in five minutes, and the toppings for my tacos take about ten minutes total to chop.

Will my kids AND my husband like this recipe?

My family’s tastes vary greatly. My husband loves spicy foods, or anything he can completely cover in condiments. My son is the opposite; as a three year old, he has decided to assert his free will when it comes to what he eats. He is a super picky eater and only likes about 5 foods. My daughter is one and a half. She has yet to meet a food she doesn’t like, but I need to make sure she is able to chew it easily. My pork tacos make everybody happy, and that makes Mommy happy.

Can I possibly repurpose the leftovers?

Despite the classic Asian flavors used in this recipe, the pork is extremely versatile. It makes great tacos when paired with classic toppings like queso fresco, cilantro, and lime. I have also made it into tacos with American coleslaw, Asian Pear coleslaw, or pickled veggies. I have put it into stir fry and served it with rice. I have made it into sandwiches. I promise, you won’t get sick of eating this pork.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family did!

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Crock Pot Asian Pork Tacos
Crock Pot Asian Pork Tacos
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Crock Pot Asian Pork Tacos
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients except for the pork in the bottom of your crock pot.
  2. Add the pork roast, and turn to coat.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours. Check and turn every hour.
  4. Remove meat from pot and shred.
  5. Return to pot, toss with juices, and cook for 30 more minutes.
  6. For super delicious tacos, place pork into a lightly pan fried corn tortilla. Top with queso fresco, salsa verde, cilantro, and lime. Enjoy!
    Crock Pot Asian Pork Tacos
Recipe Notes

Don't have a crock pot? Or don't have 6 hours? I have made this recipe in my enameled cast iron pot. It's probably my favorite piece of kitchen equipment!

For this recipe adjustment, heat the pot over medium high heat, add two tablespoons olive oil.

Sear the pork until brown on all sides, then add seasonings and 1 cup of water. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 2 hours.

 

2 Comments

  1. These look sooo good!!!

    1. anitadoseck

      Thank you! They are delicious, and I am a sucker for an easy crock pot recipe!

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