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Crispy Pork Tacos

Crispy pork tacos, a delectable delight, combine tender, juicy pork with a crunchy texture, packed within warm tortillas. Offering a fusion of rich flavors and crispy goodness, these tacos are a crowd-pleaser for those craving a satisfying and crispy twist on traditional taco recipes.

Key Takeaways

  • Who this meal appeals to: Ideal for individuals seeking a savory and indulgent taco experience, perfect for pork enthusiasts.
  • Estimated Duration: Preparation and cooking time typically takes around 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • Nutrition Facts: Crispy pork tacos contain approximately 350-450 calories, providing a good source of protein and essential nutrients.

About This Recipe

Crispy pork tacos involve slow-cooked, tender pork meat that’s shredded and crisped up for a delightful texture, perfectly paired with fresh toppings. The recipe’s charm lies in the contrast between the tender meat and the satisfying crunch.

Equipment Required

  • Slow cooker or Dutch oven
  • Baking sheet
  • Skillet
  • Tongs
  • Cutting board
  • Knife


  • 2 pounds pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings: diced onions, chopped cilantro, salsa, lime wedges


  1. Preparation: Rub the pork shoulder with cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place it in the slow cooker or Dutch oven and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours until tender and easily shreddable.
  2. Shredding and Crisping: Once cooked, transfer the pork to a baking sheet and shred it using two forks. Drizzle with oil and broil in the oven for 5-10 minutes until it crisps up.
  3. Heating Tortillas: Warm the tortillas in a skillet or microwave.
  4. Assembly: Fill each tortilla with the crispy pork and top it with diced onions, cilantro, salsa, and a squeeze of lime juice.
  5. Serve: Fold or roll the tortillas and serve immediately.

Side Dishes

Pair your crispy pork tacos with these delightful side options:

  • Mexican rice
  • Charro beans
  • Grilled pineapple or mango salsa

Storage Options

Store any leftover shredded pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in a skillet for a crispy texture and assemble fresh tacos with toppings when ready to serve.

Ingredient Substitutes

Explore different variations by trying out alternative ingredients:

  • Use different pork cuts like pork loin or pork tenderloin for a leaner option.
  • Experiment with additional seasonings such as chili powder or oregano for diverse flavors.

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Crispy pork tacos provide a delightful contrast between tender, flavorful pork and a satisfying crunch, offering a scrumptious twist to traditional taco recipes. Enjoy the fusion of rich, slow-cooked pork with the satisfying crunch, accompanied by fresh toppings for a truly satisfying and indulgent taco experience!