Shredded Pork Tacos with Jalapeño-Cilantro Sauce

by Erica Dinho on November 12, 2010

Tacos de Cerdo

I am not Mexican but I love Mexican food. I think I have an obsession with Tacos (see here, here, here, here, and here). I cooked the pork using my slow cooker and it was moist and delicious.

Imagine pork shoulder, slow cooked until it falls apart and flavorful as can be. Imagine a spicy jalapeño-cilantro sauce, the flavor of red onion and queso fresco to go along with that tender pork. Now imagine it all in one amazingly flavorful bite.

These tacos are the perfect meal with a Corona beer and flan for dessert. Of course if you are listening to mariachi music it will super special, just like being in Mexico!

Buen proveho!



(6 servings)


  • 4 pounds of pork shoulder
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 7 garlic cloves
  • 3 scallion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chile powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Jalapeño- Cilantro Sauce

  • 1 cup crema fresca or creme fraiche
  • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Corn tortillas
  • 1 cup sliced cabbage
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • Fresh cilantro


  1. Purée the onions, garlic, red bell pepper, ground cumin, chile powder in a blender until smooth.
  2. Put the pork in the slow cooker. Add the onion mixture, then cover and cook on high for 6 to 7 hours. The meat should be fork-tender and falling apart.
  3. Remove the meat and place in a large bowl to cool. When the meat is cool enough, shred it with your fingers.
  4. Make the salsa and assemble the tacos:
  5. In a blender, mix the jalapeño, cilantro, crema fresca, mayonnaise, cumin, salt, pepper and the lime juice.
  6. Divide the pork and cabbage evenly among the tortillas. Drizzle with the jalapeño sauce and top with the sliced red onion.
  7. Garnish with the cilantro and queso fresco and serve immediately.
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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mari's Cakes November 12, 2010 at 6:11 PM

I came for the jalapeño cilantro sauce. Todo se ve rico!

Un saludo,


2 Atreyee November 12, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Fantastic..I can almost see that this will be really great with chicken..hope you are doing well. Congratulations on the pregnancy. Hope it will go super well :) meanwhile keep us up with new Columbian recipes :)


3 Kim November 12, 2010 at 8:51 PM

I love tacos too, Erica and these look terrific. Your jalapeno-cilantro sauce is calling to me….I love it!


4 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best November 12, 2010 at 10:03 PM

I love carnitas! The combination of refreshing flavors with the nib bits of pork all swaddled in corn tortilla is simply heavenly.


5 Chris November 13, 2010 at 1:26 PM

I am trying to find a shoulder or butt to smoke tonight and I will be trying this with some of the leftovers. I love the jalapeno sauce, delicious and spicy. Great post, I’m excited about it.


6 ruth November 14, 2010 at 7:17 AM

Does look amazing! Anything with cilantro really rocks my boat! I imagine Tacos might be one of your pregnancy cravings too lol


7 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction November 14, 2010 at 11:04 AM

I love tacos… These look perfect! Definitely adding this recipe to my list to try :)


8 Ben November 14, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Everything sounds perfect, except the Corona beer. We have other beers that are good and are not Corona, LOL. I love your tacos, I think I’m in the mood now to get some. :)


9 Oysterculture November 14, 2010 at 9:33 PM

I’m with you, I am not Mexican but they have one tasty cuisine, that I never get tired of exploring. Keep the taco recipes coming because they are always inspiring.


10 Diana Lopez November 14, 2010 at 10:35 PM

I made these yesterday for lunch and they were really, really good. I used a 2 lb pork loin because it was the smallest type of meat I could find. By the way, 2 lbs feeds about 8 people, so 4 lbs feeds a lot more. I also skipped the queso fresco because I’m not a big fan of having cheese in my tacos. And let me tell you, the sauce is fantastic! I didn’t think it was that spicy, it was perfect. I’ll be making this sauce again for dipping with veggies, chips, wings, etc. because it’s really that good. Thanks for the recipe Erica!


11 Barbara November 15, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Oh Erica, that photo is making my mouth water! I love tacos too…any kind! But yours looks especially delicious!


12 Chef E November 15, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Man this looks good and I have to scramble to find something to eat for my lunch! You always make the best food!


13 norma November 15, 2010 at 2:34 PM

It made my boca water and yes I saw there, there, there and there…Hey I will have a couple with the beer and extra jalapeno-cilantro sauce. You can put one of Alejandro Fernandez’ songs and I will bring the flan.


14 Cynthia November 15, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Ouuuu, shredded pork! Pure love :)


15 rebecca subbiah November 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM

oh wow I need to learn more recipes like this looks so tasty


16 tasteofbeirut November 16, 2010 at 7:35 PM

I love Mexican and Tex-Mex food and love love tacos!!! These with the pulled pork would be my all-time favorites!


17 grace November 17, 2010 at 4:56 AM

everything about these is good, particularly that sauce. nice work, erica!


18 Bren November 18, 2010 at 9:06 AM

ay que rico los tacitos…. especialmente con salsa de cilantro con un poco de picante…me’ncanta!


19 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen November 19, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Pork AND jalapenos AND cilantro? I think I am in love!


20 Mely (Mexicoinmykitchen) November 21, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Hola Erica,

You must not be a Mexican but you sure cook like one. Those tacos look mouthwatering.
Are there any leftovers? I bet not.

Me encanta la receta de la salsa. La tendre que probar.




21 Erica November 28, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Thank you all!


22 Cristina August 9, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Sooo good! This is one of my favorite recipes for company! Easy to make and it tastes great!


23 Claire January 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Made these tacos and they were amazing…the sauce is fantastic.


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