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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

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.

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SlowCooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

Do you love Cuban Street Tacos?

These authentic Cuban Style Pulled Pork Tacos have the great taste like those you get at the taco stands and the food trucks.  

Really! 

This Cuban Street Taco recipe has all the amazing flavors you’ve come to expect, and the best part – you make it in the slow cooker, or crock pot as is also called, which makes it SO easy!

This cooking process infuses the orange and lime citrus right through the meat, creating a mild and delicate flavor.

The perfect balance of Cuban inspired spices make it off-the-charts-delicious. 

You’ll impress your family and guests with these Cuban Street Tacos; it’s seriously a dish you’ll make often – due to requests!

If you’d prefer something a little on the sweet side with a savory dressing, you will thoroughly enjoy this Sweet Pork and Tomatillo Sauce

And if you want BBQ Pulled Pork then you’ll definitely want to check out out my Pulled Pork with tips on serving a crowd, and making it ahead.

Before I go, I would love to tell you about my Pork Roast Cookbook.  I show you in my usual step-by-step picture tutorial how to cook the perfect roast and 17 recipes to make from that roast!  Included as bonus recipe are this one and the Sweet Pork all in one EBook for instant download.  Enjoy the many tastes of pork!




Cuban Style Pulled Pork 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   Cuban Street Tacos

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos 

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Pork roast with salt to begin to cure in fridge

Rub the pieces of pork all over with salt.Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic CubanStreet Tacos

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Pork roast in a bowl with plastic wrap in the fridge

Refrigerate for 1-2  hours.

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.

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Pork roast in a fry pan starting to brown

Add in the pork and sear on all sides.  You might want to put a lid on to contain the grease spatters. Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

 

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Pork roast in a fry pan browned on all sides

Turn and brown the pork really well all over.

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.

Cuban Street Taco

Juices from the cooked pork roast in a fry pan

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. 

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

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Pushing on an orange with the palm of the hand to release more juice before cutting

Do this also for the limes.  



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.

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Demonstrating how to chop a jalapeno by wearing a disposable glove and taking out the seeds

Caution not to touch your eyes or skin with any of the oils from the jalapeno on your fingers.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

Cutting board with quartered onions, oranges zested and halved, limes zested and halved, chopped jalapeno and minced garlic

 Zest ONE of the oranges, zest ONE of the limes, chop the jalapeno as shown above, quarter the 2 onions and minced the 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.

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Simmering the ingredients to put on the roast

Bring to a boil, turn it down to medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

After simmering the ingredients, they are placed on the pork roast in the crock pot

Pour this mixture over the pork, which is in the slow cooker/crock pot

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.

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Strained cooking liquid from roast reducing

Turn down to medium and cook for 15 minutes.w

Cuban Street Tacos

Pulled pork using Bear Paws

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 gadgets

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Cuban Street Tacos

liquid from the roast being poured into the shredded pork

Pour the simmered sauce over the pork.

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the shredded pork and reduced liquid mixed together for tacos

Stir well and spoon back into the crock pot to heat through again. 

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Taco

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.

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

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.

SlowCooker/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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