Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

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Everybody loves tacos, and this clean-eating version is sure to satisfy the entire family. It’s all about melt-in-your-mouth, slow cooker shredded pork. Top it off with classic taco fixings and a fresh citrus slaw, and you’ve got yourself so much more than a meal: it’s a family fiesta!

The crunchy, zesty slaw topping adds a fresh counterpart to the rich, fall-off-the-bone-tender pork. Add shredded cheese and low-fat sour cream, or keep it simple as we’ve done here. This recipe is perfect for game day or taco night, and this dish is so easy that it’s destined to become one of your favorite weeknight dinners.

Using Pork Shoulder for Shredded Pork Tacos

These tacos use pork shoulder, a cut of meat that’s made for the slow cooker. The longer the braise simmers in the marinade, the more tender, juicy, and flavor-infused it becomes. You do need about six to eight hours for the slow cooker to do its magic. That makes this recipe perfect for times when you want to meal prep on the weekend and use the leftovers throughout the week.

Because this recipe asks for a full pork shoulder, there may be leftovers depending on how many people you are feeding. Luckily, shredded pork freezes super well. Wrap in an airtight freezer bag, and the pork should store well for four to six months. To defrost it, take it out of the freezer and place the whole bag on a plate in the refrigerator the night before serving. Heat it before serving on the stovetop over medium-high heat in a skillet or sauté pan.

Clean-Eating Pork Tacos

You might read shredded pork and assume this recipe isn’t the cleanest of choices. Surprisingly enough, the protein content of the pork will keep you full and less likely to snack. Yes, midnight binges, I’m looking at you!

This dish is also loaded with garlic. Used by practically every major civilization, this unassuming plant is low in calories and offers remarkable nutritional value. We’re talking about high levels of manganese, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. It may also help you combat the common cold, heart disease, and low blood pressure.

These tacos are a fantastic way to tempt any family member into eating a healthy meal. Anaheim peppers, with their sweet mild flavor, also contain high levels of various vitamins, particularly vitamin A and C. Load these tacos up fresh parsley and dollop a big spoonful of one of these Mexican-inspired sauces right over the slaw to add some extra flavor.

Slow Cooker Clean Eating Pork Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

Slow Cooker Clean Eating Pork Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

Yields: 12 servings (whole pork shoulder) | Serving Size: 1 cup shredded pork, 3 tablespoons slaw | Calories: 410 | Total Fat: 29 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 109 mg | Sodium: 365 mg | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 3 g | Protein: 30 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 12


    For the Pork:
  • 4 Pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth (fat free, low sodium)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Anaheim peppers, seeded and sliced*
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    For the Cilantro Lime Slaw:
  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3/4 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Juice of 1 lime


    For the Pork:
  1. Season pork with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add pork; cook 5 minutes per side or until browned.
  3. Remove from heat and transfer to a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Add parsley, oregano, garlic, broth, vinegar, peppers and crushed red pepper flakes to slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on Low 6 to 8 hours or until pork is tender. Use half of the pork for Pork Tacos, and the other half can be frozen for the next time pork tacos are made or another pulled pork dish. Note: Green bell peppers may be substituted for Anaheim peppers if desired.
    For the Cilantro Lime Slaw:
  1. Combine all ingredients together and mix well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or more before serving.

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4 Comments on "Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw"

  1. Casey  December 31, 2018

    This is the most loved recipe in our house! My husband rarely eats left overs but he will always eat these. It is my go too recipe when we are having guests or delivering meals. Thank you ❤️

    • Gale Compton  January 1, 2019

      Casey, Thank you so much for the feedback. We’re thrilled you and your family enjoyed! 🙂

  2. Courtney  September 8, 2019

    Is there a recipe for the cilantro lime slaw?

    • Nichole Furlong  September 9, 2019

      Hi Courtney, the slaw recipe has been added and nutritional information has been updated.


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