Slow Cooker Asian Pork Tacos
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 a lot of slow cooker recipes don’t impress me enough.
That’s not a surprise, given that there’s no high heat caramelization action in a slow cooker, and that can be very important. My Slow Cooker Short Ribs are truly flavorful and incredibly tender, but we do take the time to sear the beef ahead of time.
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.
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:
Stir to combine, then pour this all over a boneless center-cut pork loin roast:
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:
Cook on low for 6-8 hours until tender, then shred the pork with forks:
Assembling the Tacos after Slow Cooking:
To make the tacos, spread some hoisin sauce on a corn tortilla:
Layer on the shredded pork:
Then add shaved cabbage (see How to Cut Cabbage), shredded carrots, scallions, and cilantro:
It’s now ready to eat, enjoy, and repeat! Serve with Fried Rice to round out the meal!
For more pork recipes, I love Oven BBQ Pork Spare Ribs, Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops, Carnitas, and Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. For more Asian recipes, I love Lettuce Wraps, Korean Kalbi Beef, and Homemade Sushi. Enjoy!
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Asian Pork Tacos
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
- 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!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
16 Comments on “Slow Cooker Asian Pork Tacos”
For feeding a big crowd, do you think this recipe could work in the oven using a bigger cut of meat?
Yes, cooking low and slow in the oven was the pre-cursor to the slow cooker for me, before I owned one. You just have to make sure the oven temp is accurate. I recommend buying an oven thermometer (they are like $5) just to double check since a lot of ovens are inaccurate.
Is it possible to do this on high? Would love to make tonight but I just found it and don’t have enough time to do it before dinner. 🙂
I’ve been in that situation where I’m in a hurry, and generally when I do high on my slow cooker, the meat turns out tougher and I regret it. Particularly if you’re going with the loin and not the shoulder for this recipe, that risk runs higher. So while you can and this is ultimately a personal choice, I’d try not to, but it’s up to you.
How many servings does this make? (Trying to figure out portion size for the calories)
Hi Lindsey, I just transferred recipe plugins and it didn’t transfer to the proper field, so I apologize it wasn’t displaying. It’s fixed now. The nutritional info is for the pork. I was going to include the tacos but the info for corn tortillas, vs flour, vs something altogether different like low carb or paleo tortillas, are all different, so best to calculate separately. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!
Made these tonight. They were a mega hit with the whole family. They couldn’t get enough! I must say They were super tasty! Keeping this for sure. Thank you so much for the recipe!
Hi Bethani, that’s fantastic! I’m glad your family enjoyed them. Happy cooking!
Yassss these tacos were easy and so good!
Tried these and they were a hit. I made the slaw from cabbage I had on hand, and somewhat reduced both the scallions and the cilantro. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks for such a great recipe.
I want make this recipe but I need buy a slow cooker, what brand/model you recommended?
Hi Elisa, So the one I have is $15, it’s very cheap: http://amzn.to/1TTyTPD
I believe in spending money on good quality things for the kitchen, but find that the cheap slow cookers are very sturdy and work well, they just don’t have as many fancy options as the more expensive models. So I’d say to go looking around in your desired price range, but know that my slow cooker isn’t expensive at all!
Absolutely mouth-watering! I never thought to make a pork asian taco! This a great idea…I can already taste it. Yummy!
Sounds reeally nice. Thank you and have a Great Sunday!
This looks so good!!!! Totally making it this week. Never have been disappointed in any of your recipes.