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.