Shredded Pork & Pineapple Tacos

One Saturday afternoon I actually had a free moment to watch a non-sports related program on TV. Whenever I watch TV these days it seems to be for some sporting event (which I LOVE!) so this was a nice little change. I miss the days of sitting around on the sofa and watching cooking show after cooking show on TV. I really enjoy Kelsey Nixon’s Cooking Essentials show on the Cooking Channel. She’s always making something that looks so good, yet so easy to make. This particular day she was making a Slow Cooker Shredded Pork that she was using for Shredded Pork & Pineapple Tacos. I’ve been getting tired of eating the same things for dinner so it was nice to welcome something different to the table.

{Adapted from this recipe}


  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Penzeys chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Penzeys smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Penzeys ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Penzeys ground cumin
  • 1 (3-pound) pork shoulder (or butt), trimmed of excess fat
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into chunks
  • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • slurry made of corn starch & water (1 teaspoon corn starch + 3 tablespoons cold water) 
  • Tortillas
  • Cheese
  • Pineapple
  • Scallion Rice
  • Broccoli Slaw


Combine the tomato sauce, chili powder, smoked paprika, brown sugar, coriander and cumin in the base of your slow cooker. Stir to combine and distribute the spices evenly.

Look at this beauty

Sprinkle the pork with salt and pepper and place it in the slow cooker. Using tongs, turn the pork to coat it evenly in the sauce. Add in the garlic and onions, stir again.

It’s all ready to hang out in the slow cooker!

Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook until the pork is tender and beginning to fall apart, on low 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 to 6 hours. I highly recommend letting this pork cook all day in the slow cooker. I know that it says you can cook it on high for 4-6 hours, but I definitely recommend letting it go for at least 12 hours (if possible) on low. You want this pork to really start falling apart.

Transfer the pork to a serving bowl. Allow to cool slightly, and then shred using 2 forks, removing any excess fat.

Strain out the onions and skim any excess fat off of the sauce remaining in the slow cooker. If you have a Multi-Cooker like me, this next step is super easy. If not, you can transfer the sauce to a small saucepan and do it that way. Switch your Multi-Cooker to the “Sear” mode. This will get that sauce all bubbly. Add the 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar (this is optional – if you like a slightly sweet sauce go ahead and add it in), balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and tomato paste to the slow cooker. Whisk it together and then once it comes to a boil go ahead and add in your slurry. This should thicken it up very nicely.

Add the shredded pork back into the slow cooker and mix it with the sauce. You can store the pork in its sauce for 3 to 4 days.

Shredded and ready for the tacos!

Assemble the Shredded Pork in the warmed tortillas and top with your desired components.


We really enjoyed these tacos! When Mr. Curly Fry heard what we were having for dinner I don’t think he was looking forward to it all that much. But when he took his first bite, he fell in love. He put the shredded pork, cheese, rice and pineapple in his taco. I decided to go for the shredded pork, pineapple and broccoli slaw in mine. The pineapple sent this taco out of the ballpark. Seriously. The sweetness of the pineapple went so well with all of the other flavors. It was definitely a winner.


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  1. Oh that looks so good!

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  2. Oh wow – I REALLY need to make this Jen! Can you bring some to BBC Philly 😉
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