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Cuban Street Tacos

Two Cuban Street Tacos on a plate with an orange and 2 lime wedges. These tacos have orange and lime zest infused as the pork cooks along with Cuban inspired spices. The meat is in a tortilla, then shredded monterey jack cheese, diced red onion and cilantro.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

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Two Cuban Street Tacos on a plate with an orange and 2 lime wedges. These tacos have orange and lime zest infused as the pork cooks along with Cuban inspired spices. The meat is in a tortilla, then shredded monterey jack cheese, diced red onion and cilantro.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Do you love Cuban Street Tacos? 

Have you ever tried tacos from the taco stands, or food trucks? 

Well, these Cuban Street Tacos have all the amazing flavors you’ve come to except from the very best ones, but now you can make them yourself at home!

The infusion of orange and lime citrus, along with a perfect balance of Cuban inspired spices make it off-the-charts-delicious. 

Impress your family or guests with these Cuban Street Tacos today. 




Cuban Street Tacos

Prep Time:  30 minutes

Cooking Time: 6-8 hours

Total Time:  9-10 hours, including cooking time in the crock pot/slow cooker

Serves:  6-8

 

 

Ingredients:

Shredded pork:

4 lb. Pork –   Use either: boneless Pork Picnic Roast (shreds nice, stays moist, less expensive) or Boston Butt (shreds great, stays moist, added flavor of the bone)

1 Tbl. salt

3-4 Tbl. olive or vegetable oil

2 cups water

1 Knorr bouillon cube (or 2 teaspoons boullion, I preferr Knorr)

1/2 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. dried oregano leaves (not ground)

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

2 Tbl. brown sugar

4 bay leaves

2 Tbl. garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, minced (seeds removed unless more heat is desired, use caution here for those who may not desire added heat)

2 small onions, quartered

2 limes

2 medium oranges

 

Tortillas & Garnishes:

8 -10 small corn or flour tortillas

1 small red onion, finely chopped or thinly sliced

1/2 – 2/3 cup cilantro, washed and leaves pulled off of the stems

Sour cream

Avocados

1 – 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 

2-4 limes, cut into wedges




Directions:

Sprinkle the salt   Pork roast with slt

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos 

Rub the pieces of pork all over with salt.Pork roast with salt

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Refrigerate for 1-2  hours.Pork roast in a bowl with plastic wrap in the fridge

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

When time is up, heat the oil in a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, until the oil is shimmering and hot.

Add in the pork and sear on all sides.  You might want to put a lid on to contain the grease spatters.Pork roast in a fry pan starting to brown

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

 

Turn and brown the pork really well all over.Pork roast in a fry pan browned on all sides

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Place the pork in the slow cooker.




In the same pan used to sear the pork, pour in the water.

Then scraping the bottom of the pan with a flat-edged spatula or wooden spoon, get up all the delicious brown bits from the bottom. Juices from the cooked pork roast in a fry pan

low Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Roll the oranges on the counter with the palm of your hand; more juice is obtained from the fruit this way.  

Do this also for the limes.  Cuban Street Taco 7



Slice the jalapeno in half, scrape out the seeds (this is where the heat is) and dice small.  

I keep disposable gloves on hand for this.

Caution not to touch your eyes or skin with any of the oils from the jalapeno on your fingers.Demonstrating how to chop a jalapeno by wearing a disposable glove and taking out the seeds

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

 Zest ONE of the oranges, zest ONE of the limes, chop the jalapeno as shown above, quarter the 2 onions and minced the garlic.Cutting board with quartered onions, oranges zested and halved, limes zested and halved, chopped jalapeno and minced garlic

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Into the same pan with the water and scrapped up bits of meat, add in the chicken bouillon, Montreal Steak Seasoning, cumin, chili powder, oregano leaves, bay leaves, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, juice of BOTH oranges, juice of BOTH limes, minced garlic and chopped jalapeno.

Bring to a boil, turn it down to medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes.Simmering the ingredients to put on the roast

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Pour this mixture over the pork, which is in the slow cooker/crock potPork roast in the crock pot with the onion and other ingredients to slow cook

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cook on low for 6-8 hours,  or until the pork is very tender.




When the pork is tender and shreds easily, remove the pork, place in a bowl and set it aside. 

Strain the onion, bay leaf mixture from the liquid and pour the liquid into the pan on the stove.

Bring this mixture to a boil.

Turn down to medium and cook for 15 minutes.wStrained cooking liquid from roast reducing

Meanwhile, shred the pork.  I LOVE these BEAR PAWS for this because they do not tear the meat, it shreds it instead keeping the tenderness and allowing the moist juices to remain. The meat is beautiful and doesn’t tear at the meat making it tough by destroying the fibers or ripping it to pieces.  You can get to the link HERE if you are interested in finding out more about one of my very favorite kitchen gadgetsPulled pork using Bear Paws

Cuban Street Tacos

Pour the simmered sauce over the pork.liquid from the roast being poured into the shredded pork

Stir well and spoon back into the crock pot to heat through again. the shredded pork and reduced liquid mixed together for tacos

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

When ready, serve with condiments for Cuban Street Tacos such as piling the delicious Cuban flavored meat in tortillas, garnishing with the red onion, cilantro, sour cream, avocados, cheese and juice from lime wedge. 

ENJOY

Two Cuban Street Tacos on a plate with an orange and 2 lime wedges. These tacos have orange and lime zest infused as the pork cooks along with Cuban inspired spices. The meat is in a tortilla, then shredded monterey jack cheese, diced red onion and cilantro.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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11 Comments

  1. Susen says:

    These look so good. I make pork in the crock pot and I make tacos but never put the 2 together. I will now! They look great, pinned!

  2. kelly says:

    YUM!!!! These will be on the table this weekend!! Thanks — Kelly

  3. Cheryl says:

    So glad to see you again at The Yuck Stops Here link party. These look scrumptious! I have pinned and shared and I hope you have a great week! You can always find TYSH party at Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos at http://mommasngelbaby.com. HUGS

  4. Julia says:

    Last week, you linked up on Tasty Tuesdays with this recipe. I wanted to let you know I am featuring it on my blog hop this week. Unfortunately, the Tasty Tuesday hop is no longer a joint effort, but some of us are launching Tickle My Tastebuds and would love to have you link up, register to be a guest host, and grab a featured button!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

  5. Great recipe. Thanks so much for Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

  6. We are featuring this post at this weeks link party. Thanks so much for sharing this post with Adorned From Above’s Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  7. Deanna says:

    Mmmm mmmm! After I get through the Herb Fest and start spending more time in the kitchen again. Actually, it looks like it’s not very labor intensive, so it might be a good dish to have the ingredients on hand more and let the crockpot do the cooking on one of those crazy days!

  8. Hi Carrie – This looks so good! Thanks for sharing it with the Let’s Get Real party. This is going to be my featured post at this week’s party.

  9. Oooh, these look like fun Carrie! I love the combination of flavors. 🙂

  10. Tasha says:

    I absolutely LOVE crockpot recipes for busy days like karate practice so I will definitely have to put this one on rotation…as my husband likes to put it!

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