These Slow Cooker Asian Pork Tacos are fantastic for weeknight dinners. The pork only needs five minutes of prep before cooking low and slow in the crockpot, then the meat is shredded for taco time!

I’m always looking for more slow cooker recipes because I love the simplicity they usually have, but I have to be honest that a lot of slow cooker recipes don’t impress me enough.

Asian Pork Tacos - in Red Basket After Being Slow Cooker Prepared with Asian Flavors and Lime Wedges

That’s not a surprise, give that there’s no high heat caramelization action in a slow cooker. It definitely doesn’t work for everything.

Case in point are the reviews for America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution Cookbook (affiliate), which have complaints that the recipes require you to sear or saute a lot of components before placing them in the slow cooker. Often that’s what it takes to have the best slow cooker dishes. They often aren’t “throw it in and turn it on” recipes.

This is a TRUE “Throw It In the Crockpot” Recipe

There’s no searing required here. This is a true “throw it in and turn it on” slow cooker recipe that’s actually good.

The reason it works is because the Asian flavors (soy sauce, hoisin, sesame oil, etc) are all pretty strong and flavor the pork nicely, and the final product is really helped by all the fresh ingredients going on here too: crunchy purple cabbage, shredded carrots, scallions, and cilantro. 

Slow Cooker Asian Pork - Stuffed Into a Taco with Slaw and Lime Wedges

The ease of this recipe makes it one of my favorites for weeknight dinners.

How to Make Asian Pork Tacos:

Start by combining soy sauce, honey, hoisin sauce, sriracha, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and garlic in a mixing bowl:

Asian Sesame Marinade Ingredients in Bowl

Stir to combine, then pour this all over a boneless center-cut pork loin roast:

Pouring Asian Sesame Marinade on Pork in Crockpot

You may also use pork shoulder, but it will have significantly more fat. Use whichever you prefer. 

Use a brush to make sure the sauce is all over the surface of the pork:

Pork Loin in Slow Cooker with Asian Sesame Sauce

Cook on low for 6-8 hours until tender, then shred the pork with forks:

Pulled Pork in Slow Cooker with Asian Sesame Sauce

Assembling the Tacos after Slow Cooking:

To make the tacos, spread some hoisin sauce on a corn tortilla:

Spreading Hoisin Sauce on Corn Tortilla with Spoon

Layer on the shredded pork:

Adding the Asian Crock Pot Pork to Corn Tortilla

Then add shaved cabbage, carrots, scallions, and cilantro:

Adding Cabbage, Carrot, and Cilantro to the Pork Taco

It’s now ready to eat, enjoy, and repeat!

More Pork Recipes:

Oven BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

More Asian Recipes:

  • Fried Rice

  • Lettuce Wraps

  • Korean Kalbi Beef

  • Homemade Sushi

    Two Slow Cooker Asian Pork Tacos in Red Basket

    Asian Pork Tacos

    Boneless pork loin roast is cooked in the slow cooker with an Asian sauce, then shredded for fresh tacos.
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    Ingredients

    For the slow cooker pork:

    • 2.5 lb boneless center-cut pork loin roast*
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 2 tbsp honey
    • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
    • 2 tsp sesame oil
    • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
    • 1 tbsp sriracha sauce
    • 1 clove garlic pressed

    For serving the tacos:

    • 2 dozen corn or flour tortillas
    • shredded red cabbage
    • julienned carrots
    • sliced scallions
    • hoisin sauce
    • cilantro

    Instructions 

    • In a small bowl, whisk to combine the soy sauce, honey, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, sriracha, and pressed garlic. Place the pork in the slow cooker, and pour the sauce over the top. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, then let the pork cool for 15 minutes.
    • Shred the meat with two forks or pull apart with your hands.
    • To assemble the tacos, warm the tortillas, then spread on a couple teaspoons of hoisin sauce. Add the pork on top, then top with cabbage, carrots, scallions, and cilantro. Enjoy!

    Notes

    *The traditional cut of pork to use in this context is pork shoulder/pork butt, but it’s much more fatty. You may use that instead if you prefer more juiciness over leanness.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 232kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 582mg, Potassium: 555mg, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin C: 1.2mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1.1mg

    Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.