Chipotle Pulled Pork Tacos

Photo by: Joseph De Leo

by Ahpowers

about 1 year ago

emilyolson80's Testing Notes:

Ahpowers builds layers of heat in these smoky pulled pork tacos. Chunks of fresh pineapple, red and green chiles, and chipotle peppers gently simmer with the pork shoulder to great effect. When the meat is fall-apart tender (a state I achieved in just under 3 hours), build your tacos with sprigs of cilantro, mango, and tangy goat's milk feta. A dollop of sour cream mixed with lime zest and adobo sauce completes this spicy, tropical taco.

A trio of Sweet, Spicy & Savory: we fused authentic Mexican flavors with tender Hawaiian Pork and use tropical toppings to finish the dish with a fresh taste.

Serves 4-6

Main Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds Pork Shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt & Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Crushed Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Large Chopped Pineapple
  • 1 Large Chopped Sweet Onion
  • 2 Diced & Seeded Red Chili Peppers
  • 1 Diced & Seeded Jalapeño Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Ancho Chili Powder
  • 1/2 bunch Fresh Cilantro
  • 4 Smashed Chipotle Peppers with Adobo Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Can of Diced Green Chilis
  • 4 cups Beef Stock

For Garnish:

  • 1 Chopped Ripe Mango
  • 1 cup Goats Milk Feta
  • 1 cup Sour Cream with Adobo and Lime Zest Folded in (I tend to measure freely to taste, but in general, the zest of one lime and a tablespoon of adobo)
  • 1 Whole Lime cut in Wedges
  • 1 bunch Chopped Fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • 10 Small Soft Taco Flour Tortillas

Set a Dutch Oven over medium-high heat and add olive oil.  Season pork shoulder with kosher salt, freshly cracked black pepper, chili powder, and cumin then sear all over until a nice brown crust forms.  Add onions, and garlic to the pan and move them around until they caramelize at the bottom of the pot.   Add all the other ingredients then top the pot up with stock until you have covered the meat.  Cover and Simmer on stovetop or Bake at 350 for 3.5 hours until the meat is fork tender and comes apart easily.  Once cooked, break the meat apart with a fork and spoon sauce from the pot on top of the meat. Serve with warm tortillas, fresh cilantro leaves, lime wedges, chopped mango, crumbled goats milk feta cheese and chipotle lime sour cream.


Nutrition Info:


  • 1431 calories
  • 88g total fat
  • 31g saturated fat
  • 278mg cholesterol
  • 2951mg sodium
  • 95g carbohydrate (10g dietary fiber, 74g sugar)
  • 72g protein


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    BettyMc92 says: Is it too late to vote more than once?

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  • Maddy-macau-robuchon

    Maddy is the senior editor of Whole Foods Market Cooking.

    Maddy, Editor says: Hi Betty, voting has ended for this contest. The "thumbs up/down" icons below the photo are for voting on the photo only.

    about 1 year ago
  • Oldies_joemare_bd

    sdebrango says: Yes either way you can't go wrong, best of luck and I plan on making your tacos have a pork shoulder waiting for the right recipe.

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    Momx2 says: Yummmm, can't wait to make these!

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  • Mom_2large

    Ahpowers says: ...leftovers make excellent sliders the next day too - top them with a stone fruit slaw or a traditional creamy one, they taste great with any flavors you like!

    about 1 year ago
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    Jenifer Ellicott Abbott says: Congratulations, the recipe looks amazing! I certainly hope you win!

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  • Mom_2large

    Ahpowers says: Thanks Jenifer, I can't wait till you enter too. It will be so fun to see what we come up with next!

    about 1 year ago
  • Oldies_joemare_bd

    sdebrango says: Congratulations on being a finalist, your taco's sound fantastic!

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  • Mom_2large

    Ahpowers says: Thanks and same to you! Your Kabobs look really great - the votes can't go wrong either way =) This is such a fun contest and nice being in it with you, good luck tomorrow!

    about 1 year ago

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