Monday, March 14, 2011

Sweet Pork Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

I am in search of the perfect shredded pork recipe. While I am more in favor of a spicy pork, this pork hit the spot for it's sweetness. Topped with a fantastic cabbage slaw with Cilantro Lime Sauce, it just made the taste buds dance!

One note. I detest Dr. Pepper. I used Coke instead, which I moderately tolerate. Actually though, you really can't taste the soda in the recipe. I think the carbonation helps tenderize the meat, and also contributes towards the sweetness. Next time though, I think I'll cut down on the brown sugar, so it's a little less sweet.

Sweet Pork Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

Cilantro Lime Slaw 
*I changed the quantities and ingredients of this recipe.

1 package Cole Slaw or whole shredded cabbage (I was the only one who had this, so I did 1/2 shredded cabbage)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup cilantro, chopped
1 teas minced garlic
1/4 teas Cayenne pepper, or a dash of hot sauce
1/2 teas salt
2 Tb Lime juice
1/2 teas cumin

Combine all but the cabbage in a food processor, and process until smooth. Mix desired amount of dressing with cabbage no more than 30 minutes before serving. (I don't think the leftovers would last long)

Roasted Sweet Pork

6 lbs Pork Shoulder/Butt (I used 3lbs and had enough for 2 adults and 3 kids with leftovers)
1 19oz can Red Enchilada Sauce
1 20 oz can Dr. Pepper or Coke
2 teas Chili Powder
1 teas Cumin
1 teas Salt
1 Garlic clove, or 1 teas garlic powder
1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (I would reduce to 1 cup)
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Trim the pork of any thick fat. Combine all ingredients except the pork in a bowl. Place the pork in a slowcooker, and pour the sauce over the top.  Cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 6. Shred meat about one hour before serving, and continue cooking.

I served this as burritos topped with the slaw and black beans.  I think the slaw added a nice fresh, crispy bite to the pork.  I'm using the leftovers in another great recipe coming soon!  You could also freeze the leftovers.



  1. Sounds super yummy!! I love tacos :)

  2. My mouth is watering just reading this recipe. I love pork tacos.