Slow Cooker Kalua Pork Tacos Recipe mixes healthy, fresh ingredients with a no-fuss slow cooker recipe to bring a delicious “taste of the islands” to your dinner table or party. These tacos are part of our Clean Eating Challenge .
I’m so excited to be back home from my trip to Hawaii so that I can share some of the amazing recipes and recipe ideas I learned during my trip. The islands are packed with fresh flavors and fresh ingredients that are the perfect fit for some of my favorite Southwest recipes.
Inspiration was everywhere! From the luau to the beach and the cultural centers to room service every meal had me taking notes on how to create “Southwest Meets the Islands” recipes.
One day on the island was spent in an Asian cooking class. My husband was a really good sport and spent 6 hours cooking steamed buns, liliquoi bbq ribs and Asian desserts with me in a private cooking class on Maui. I will share the recipes inspired by this cooking class soon!
First Hawaiian Inspired Recipe
Hawaii gave me so many recipe ideas to share over the next few months but, for now, I am excited to start my “Southwest Girl Goes to Hawaii” recipe collection with this super easy Slow Cooker Kalua Pork Taco with Pinapple Salas and Fresh Cabbage Slaw Recipe. This recipe brings a little bit of the islands to your dinner table so make an extra big batch for to make sure you have leftovers for Kalua Pork Burritos or Kalua Pork Tortas.
Don’t worry! You won’t need to dig a giant pit in your backyard, just pull out your slow cooker for a fast and easy version of Hawaii’s famous pit-roasted whole pig that you can make in your own kitchen.
These Slow Cooker Kalua Pork Tacos are so easy, just through cubes of pork (thankfully not a whole pig) in the slow cooker and season with a few ingredients to get that “smokey” flavor and dinner will be on the table in no time.
Kalua Pork Tacos are also terrific for an outdoor party or food for “game day,” or any time you want a fast, easy main dish that will leave your free so that you can join the fun.
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Clean Eating Kalua Pork Tacos
These Kalua Pork Tacos Recipe are part of this year’s Clean Eating Challenge because they are THAT healthy and delicious!
Check out the other blogs in the Clean Eating Challenge and look for the ebook we are putting together which will include all of the recipes!
Kalua Pork Tacos are part of our Clean Eating Challenge 2014
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Baked Sweet Potato Chips – Keep It Simple Sweetie
Lemon Cookies – Cooking with Curls
Rosemary Citrus Water – Delightful E Made
One Pot Pasta – Bite of Delight
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I hope you love the recipes in this challenge. Be sure to stop by the other blogs and let them know I sent you.
Hawaiiian Kalua Pork Tacos
- 3 pounds pork shoulder boneless
- 1½ tablespoon sea salt or kosher salt
- 1½ tablespoon liquid smoke
- 1 fresh pineapple small dice (1/4 inch)
- 1 red bell pepper fine dice (1/8 inch)
- 1 jalapeno fine dice (1/8 inch)
- ¼ small red onion fine dice (1/8 inch)
- 1 handful cilantro leaves minced
- 12 ounces pineapple chunks
- 1 each habanero chile seeded and chopped
- 2 dozen corn tortillas
- Cabbage Slaw with very little dressing
- lime wedges
- slices of jalapeño or serrano chile
- 1 to 2 cups bbq sauce, optional your favorite brand
Cut excess fat from pork, rub with salt and place in a slow-cooker. Pierce with a carving fork. Pour liquid smoke over pork and pat into the pork.
- Cover the slow-cooker and cook pork on low for 6 to 8 hours or until pork shreds apart with a fork.
- Prepare the salsa by tossing the pineapple, red bell pepper, jalapeño, red onion and cilantro together. Add a pinch of salt. Refrigerate until serving.
- Combine bbq sauce, reserved pineapple juice and habanero together in a food processor or blender. Pulse until well blended and smooth. Heat in a small sauce pan and set aside.
- To serve, warm the tortillas. Place a layer of coleslaw in the middle of the tortilla. Add Kalua pork then drizzle with bbq sauce. Top with pineapple salsa.