Shredded Pork Tacos (Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker)

Crock-Pot, Freezer Friendly, Main Dish, Mexican, Pork, Quick Meals | 15 comments

Shredded Pork Tacos are what happens when I decide that the freezer is entirely too full and the 4 lb. pork tenderloin’s (the one that has already been in there a few months, or maybe a few more than a few) time has come to an end.


Being me, I didn’t think ahead as well as I should have an taken the pork out the night before to thaw. Then I went and ran a whole bunch of errands Saturday afternoon (without kids in tow – I thought that was worth mentioning), still not having taken the darn thing out to thaw. But I really wanted those tacos when I got home and didn’t have any other meals ready to go that would take any less time.

So I did what I hate and I thawed the meat in the microwave. I really don’t like doing that because a lot of times ends get cooked while middles are still frozen and gross stuff like that. It was way to late for the crock pot at this point, so I cut the tenderloin in half so it could fit in the pressure cooker easier and sort of winged it from there. And guess what? It turned out great! And we still ate dinner at a decent time. The beauty of the pressure cooker! I think we are going to get to know each other much better in the coming months.


Shredded Pork Tacos

adapted from here and here

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4-5 lb. pork roast
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 of a medium yellow onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
3 bay leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 - 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 chipotle pepper in adobo, finely chopped
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup (packed) cilantro leaves, chopped
2 limes


Heat the olive oil in a 5-7 quart pressure cooker over medium high heat. Cut the roast in half, into two equal (or approximately) sized pieces. Salt and pepper the roast generously all over. Place in the cooker and sear on all sides, repeat with the second half. After searing, remove and set aside on a plate.

Adding more oil, if necessary, add the chopped onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, oregano, and chili powder and saute an additional minute. Return the pork to the cooker and add the remaining ingredients (juice the limes and then toss the whole lime into the pot as well).

Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, lock the lid in place, and cook over high pressure for 35 minutes (adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain high pressure, according to your cooker's design and instructions).

Remove from heat and quick-release the pressure. Open the lid, tilting it away from you to block any escaping steam. Transfer the roast to a serving platter or cutting board. Using two forks, shred the meat.

Return the shredded pork to the cooker with the liquids and spices (which should still be in the cooker) and bring to a boil. Lock the lid in place and cook over high pressure for 10 more minutes. Remove from heat and quick-release the pressure. Open the lid, tilting it away from you to block any escaping steam.

Serve on warmed corn tortillas with diced avocado, sliced red onion, fresh cilantro, sour cream, and tomatillo sauce.

The shredded pork freezes well for later use as a full recipe serves anywhere from 8-12 depending the number of tacos served per person.

Slow Cooker Cooking Instructions: Proceed with the instructions above but cook on low for 6 - 8 hours, or until the meat falls apart and is easily shredded.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    scrapwordsmom - March 24, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    I'm gonna have to try this one, too. These look DELISH!


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    Nina T. - March 24, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

    Looks soooooo yummy!!!! I absolutely adore my pressure cooker! I use it all the time now…'s a digital one from qvc……Can't wait to try this! Thank you!


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    Meal Makeover Mom Janice - March 24, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    It's time to take my pressure cooker off the shelf- this recipe sounds tasty! Your photography is absolutely beautiful!


  • 4
    Jessica - March 24, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    Those look so fresh and delicious! I always use my slow cooker, but never a pressure cooker. I want one!


  • 5
    Maria - March 24, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    Great recipe! Love the photos too.


  • 6
    Stella - March 24, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

    Hey Katie, tacos are actually a great idea for tonight. Yours look so decadent yet wholesome all at once-nice!


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    whisk-kid - March 24, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

    The focus on these photos is so perfect. I love the colors – they're beautiful!I can totally relate to what happened with the pork roast; I have forgotten to take things out of the freezer soooooo many times. I'm glad you were able to figure out a way to use them, though! This recipe sounds delicious.


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    Cookie - March 24, 2010 @ 11:40 pm

    I make my shredded pork in the slow cooker. My cousin recently bought a pressure cooker and has been raving about it but I'm still a bit scared of using one. 35 minutes sure beats 8 hours though!


  • 9
    GF Gidget - March 25, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    I have been craving Chicken soft tacos… now pork sounds good… hmmm…


  • 10
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - March 26, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    I really need to get a pressure cooker… I've been hearing great things. I know what you mean about thawing meat in the microwave. My hubby always suggests it, but I feel like everything comes out rubbery and weird. These tacos look perfect, though!


  • 11
    Jennifer P. - March 26, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    Hi- Awesome recipe & thanks for spreading the word about pressure cooking!!!


  • 12
    Melanie - March 27, 2010 @ 4:24 am

    These tacos look so refreshing and delicious. I'm a bit scared of pressure cooking but it seems so doable! Maybe I'll finally get around to learning.


  • 13
    Kevin - March 30, 2010 @ 1:29 am

    Those tacos look really good!


  • 14
    elle pee - August 28, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    Delicious recipe… and beautiful photo! How can I see more of your pressure cooker recipes. Do you have a label so I can see them all?Ciao!


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    Becky - October 30, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    AMAZING! Leftovers make great soup as well!! Great!


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