If you love Mexican style food, then this post is for you! Not only are you going to get the pulled pork taco recipe, but a delicious recipe for Pico de Gallo AND a recipe for a delicious Chipotle Pepper Sauce. When you put all three of these recipes together, the flavor explosion is incredible. Let's check it out.
THIS PULLED PORK TACO RECIPE IS: GLUTEN FREE, PALEO FRIENDLY, LOW CARB AND DELIGHTFULLY SPICY.
PICO DE GALLO, SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE IN THIS PULLED PORK TACO RECIPE.
Pulled pork and tacos were meant to be together. Pulled pork is just so juicy, flavorful and delicious. It's like it wants to be put into a corn tortilla and be smothered with awesome fresh ingredients. The freshness is one of the things I love so much about Mexican style food. We're going to be using my recipe for easy pulled pork which I posted a while ago. We're also going to be making some super fresh pico de gallo and a really spicy chipotle pepper sauce. A pulled pork taco recipe that is just full of yum.
MAKING PULLED PORK
Pulled pork takes time. There is no way around it. Typically, I make an 8lb shoulder and freeze off portions to be used in the future. I don't always have six hours to wait for dinner to be ready! If you don't have any pulled pork ready to go and are a bit short on time, take a look at my easy shredded chicken recipe. It will be equally delicious and ready in much less time.
I'm working with a friend of mine to put together a recipe for pressure cooker carnitas which should be ready in about an hour. The pressure cooker is an incredible piece of equipment to have on hand to speed things up when working with tougher cuts of meat. Right now we are working on the right balance of fat, spice and meat to go into the pressure cooker to make the most delicious carnitas you can imagine. Should be an awesome recipe!
For this pulled pork taco recipe, I've assumed that you have pulled pork already made or are planning on making it. There are links through to how to make some delicious pulled pork in the recipe or earlier in this post!
PUTTING TOGETHER THE PICO DE GALLO
Pico is one of my favorite salsas. It is simple, packs a ton of flavor and can be adjusted easily for spice. In this pico recipe, I used jalapeno peppers which turned out to be incredibly spicy. Have you noticed that sometimes you get jalapeno which is not too spicy, but sometimes you get ones that are outrageously loaded with capsaicin (the spicy part of the pepper). Well, these were HOT. I could feel the heat in my nose when I first cut into the pepper. For me, it was perfect.
If you're not into the heat, pick up an Anaheim (very mild) or add in a green bell pepper. Looking for just a bit of heat? The poblano pepper might be up your alley. These can pack some heat too... just one of those things you can't tell by looking at one. If you love the heat, buy jalapeno, serrano or kick it way up with habanero. My suggestion is to wear gloves if you are slicing anything above a jalapeno.
For the pico de gallo recipe, just make sure that you get the freshest ingredients you can. I know that at different times of the year tomatoes don't always look or taste the best. When you are at the grocery, see which type looks the most red and get those. It doesn't matter whether it is a plum or a vine tomato. Look for the most ripe and delicious.
You'll see that I use shallot in my pico rather than red or sweet onions. I like the flavor of the shallot more than these other types. Sometimes sweet onions aren't available at my local market and I find that the red onions can overpower a salsa quickly. The shallot does a great job of being relatively mild but still adding enough onion flavor to make the salsa stand out. It's your choice what to use. Recipes are just guidelines!
PUTTING TOGETHER THE CHIPOTLE PEPPER SAUCE
Wow. This sauce has some huge flavor and a LOT of spice. I use the hot Hungarian wax pepper in this recipe to really make sure that you know you're eating something spicy. But it's not just spice for the sake of being hot. There are really delicious flavors in here with the sauteed onions and garlic along with the adobo chile sauce. The chipotle pepper sauce kicks this pulled pork taco recipe way up in the flavor department.
When you are making this sauce, I would suggest using your ventilation system when sauteing the wax peppers. The vapor has a tendency to make you cough a bit and might burn your eyes just a touch. I would not lean in and breathe in the steam from the pan under any circumstances. Keep a lid on the pan when they are being cooked to reduce the vapor. It definitely helps a lot!
I like to make this sauce in my vitamix and leave a little "chunk" to it. Just add all the ingredients into the vitamix or your blender, turn it on a low speed and let it go for a couple minutes.
QUICK COOKING TIP: If you're looking for some additional toppings for this pulled pork taco recipe, try some sliced black olives or pieces of sliced avocado. Check out my quick picture tutorial on how to peel an avocado to make some beautiful avocado slices. We love to add in some shredded cheese and some whole kernel corn. Really tasty.
Let's get to this pulled pork taco recipe.
Final thoughts on the Pulled Pork Taco Recipe:
The one component which I didn't give the recipe for is the sour cream drizzle. It's really easy to make. I use ½ cup of full fat sour cream, 2 tablespoon cream or ½ and ½. Give it a pinch of kosher salt, add to a squeeze bottle and shake it around. You'll have sour cream with just enough body to stay on top of the ingredients. The pinch of salt makes it just delicious!
If you're looking for some incredible accompanying dishes, check out my easy guacamole recipe. Or if you're not feeling the pork, take a look at my low carb chicken fajita recipe which is really fun to eat. If you decide to make the pulled pork and have leftovers, I'm putting together a pulled pork soup recipe that will be posted up soon!
Hope that you enjoy this pulled pork taco recipe and happy eating!
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Thanks. There's something about pulled pork leftovers. For some reason, they're even tastier than the freshly made pulled pork. Still haven't figured out the mystery.
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We love pulled pork, in sandwiches, as a main, and now thanks to this post in tacos as well. Thanks for the tip of adding a few slices of avocado. It truly is the perfect pairing with the rest of these ingredients. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!
Thank you for your beautiful thoughts. I truly can't imagine that there is someone out there who might not like pulled pork. How is that even possible?
HOW HAVE I never thought of freezing it when I make pulled pork? That is the greatest idea! This is a little different than my usual recipe... pinning to give it a whirl!
Different is fun! We have pulled pork in our freezer all the time. And it never seems to be enough, because we eat a lot of pulled pork in our house!
Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic day!
These pork tacos look so good!! I love spice too and pico de gallo is a favorite of mine. Wonderful recipe. Can't wait for your carnitas recipe!
Thank you for writing, Elaine. I truly appreciate it.
Glad to hear you loved the tacos.
I will definitely have to make this with my pulled pork recipe!! My family loves tacos and I love the way you put everything together! 🙂
Did you make the tacos? How were they?
Thank you for stopping over to check out this recipe.
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I love the cajun spice on the pork for this, I could eat that stuff every day! Great recipe.
Thank you for writing. My kids can't get enough of these tacos.
Hope you're having an excellent day in the kitchen!
Love everything about this recipe - the meat, the pico de gallo, the sauce. Now I want some tacos!
Thanks for posting. How did the tacos go?
Have an awesome day!
Love the sound of this, that chiptole sauce sounds all that and then some... Stoked to have found a local supplier for chipotle in adobo too, in fact I have some in the post wining it's way to me right now 😀
So nice to hear that. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts.
Hope you're doing well,
Wow we are going to love this, pulled pork is so good. I can't wait to make it, it looks amazing.
Thank you for visiting our website. How were the tacos?
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My favorite way to make pulled pork is in a GIANT batch with base flavorings and then adding my own sauces and toppings later so that I'm not stuck eating 2 weeks worth of pulled pork tacos or bbq pulled pork. I'm definitely breaking this one out next time pork shoulders go on sale!
Thanks for sharing your tips, Meaghan. Always a pleasure to hear your useful advice.
Hope you're doing well!