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Savor an explosion of flavor with pulled pork tacos. Tender, juicy pork is perfectly complemented by a tangy and sweet salsa that will have everyone wanting seconds!

Indulge in the delicious fusion of tender pulled pork and zesty sweet salsa with pulled pork tacos. Inspired by the rich flavors and fresh ingredients found in Mexican culinary traditions, these tacos are perfect for family dinners or holiday gatherings with friends. Tacos have been a staple of Mexican cuisine for centuries, tracing their origins back to the region’s indigenous peoples. The introduction of slow-cooked pulled pork into taco fillings is a nod to Southern American barbecue traditions, bringing together the best of both worlds to create a dish that celebrates culinary diversity and a universal love of food. Easy to prepare, this harmonious blend of flavors will please and impress everyone at the table.

Substitutions and Dietary Considerations

For a dairy-free option, you can substitute plant-based cheese for queso fresco, or omit it altogether. You can also experiment with different salsas and spices to suit your dietary preferences and taste buds.

frequently asked questions

Can I use a different type of meat in this recipe?

Yes, you can replace pork with beef, chicken, or even jackfruit for a vegetarian alternative. Adjust cooking time accordingly according to meat of choice.

Can I make this recipe in an instant pot or oven instead of a slow cooker?

Yes, we include instructions for the Instant Pot and oven methods in our recipes.

How spicy is the sweet salsa?

The level of spice depends on the salsa you choose. Feel free to adjust the level of spiciness to your taste, choosing mild or hot salsa.

Do I have to use that much brown sugar?

You really don’t know! You can increase or decrease the amount of salsa, brown sugar or spices according to your personal taste preference or dietary needs.

How do I know when the pork is done?

Make sure the pork is cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F, but the preferred temperature for pulled pork is 203°F. We recommend using a meat thermometer for accuracy.

service suggestion

Serve the pulled pork tacos with Mexican rice, refried beans, or a refreshing salad. For a festive touch, consider serving guests a variety of toppings, such as guacamole, sour cream, and lime wedges, to customize their tacos.

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Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover pulled pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat, adding a little water or broth if needed to retain moisture.

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Savor an explosion of flavor with pulled pork tacos. Tender, juicy pork is perfectly complemented by a tangy and sweet salsa that will have everyone wanting seconds!

Preparation time 5 minute

cooking time 7 Hour

total time 7 Hour 5 minute

raw material

Sweet Salsa Pulled Pork

  • 3-5 pound Boneless Pork Butt Roast
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 16 ounce salsa sauce shock
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin Elective

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  • 12 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 medium diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded fresh cheese


  • Place the pork butts in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker.

  • Sprinkle garlic, salt and pepper over pork.

  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.

  • Drain at least half of the fat and juices.

  • Combine the salsa, brown sugar, and cumin (optional) and pour over the pork. Cook for another 1-2 hours, until the pork shreds easily.

  • Serve on warm tortillas and top with desired toppings.


Instant Pot Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the garlic, salt, and pepper over the entire roast. Pour sweet salsa mixture over seasoned pork. Place in an electric pressure cooker or Instant Pot.

  2. High pressure cook for 60 minutes, then natural release for 15 minutes. Then, switch the release valve to the exhaust position. After the steam stops, remove the lid. Add additional time if roast is larger than 5 lbs. Scoop out excess fat with a spoon.

oven instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 225°F. Place roast in a 5-7 quart oven-safe pot with a lid, or use a roasting pan and cover with aluminum foil later. Add the pork roast to the pan, then toss all over with the garlic, salt, and pepper.

  2. Cover or cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake at 225 degrees for 6 hours. Pour the sweet salsa mixture over the pork, cover, and cook for another 1-2 hours, until the pork shreds easily with a fork. Spoon out about half of the drippings. Chop and mix with juice in a saucepan.

Sweet chili sauce

  1. Add salsa, brown sugar, and cumin to bowl. Stir together until combined.

Serve: 1tacos | Calories: 161kcal | carbohydrate: 34G | protein: 3G | fat: 2G | Saturated fat: 1G | Polyunsaturated fats: 0.5G | Monounsaturated fats: 1G | Trans fat: 0.04G | cholesterol: 4mg | sodium: 693mg | Potassium: 228mg | fiber: 3G | sugar: 20G | Vitamin A: 361unit | Vitamin C: 3mg | calcium: 86mg | iron: 1mg

Pulled Pork Tacos