It’s been nearly two months since I shared a new taco recipe and, well… that’s not even right.

Pulled Pork Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw I

Monday is calling and tacos are answering! Exclamation points!

Pulled Pork Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw I

Monday is also calling and telling me that I should stay on the couch and watch Friends all day long and maybe even some old-school throwback I’m-crushing-on-Devon-Sawa movies while I read trashy magazines and I’m not sure what the answer is to that. I can be bought, Monday. Just so you know.

Pulled Pork Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw I

These are sort of summery, but heck – so is our weather right now. All I want to do is hate on it, but I’m probably just going to eat tacos instead. And margaritas. Lots of margs.  This little taco is so full of flavor: tender, juicy pork (I can’t stop laughing), some fresh cilantro lime avocado cream, a sweet chili slaw with a little kick and a bunch of crumbled cheese. Flava bomb.

It’s basically the only answer to Monday.

Err, the only answer I’ve got.

Pulled Pork Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw I


Pulled Pork Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw

Yield: serves 4 to 6

Total Time: 8 hours


4 pounds pork roast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces beer
2 cups sliced green cabbage
3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
1 lime, juiced
a bunch of (4-inch) tortillas, for serving
cotija cheese, for crumbling

cilantro avocado cream
1 avocado, chopped
1 lime, juiced + zested
3 tablespoons sour cream or greek yogurt
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Cover the pork with the salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Sear the pork on all sides just until it is golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove the pork and place it in the crockpot. Pour your favorite beer over top, cover and cook for 8 hours on low. After 8 hours, remove the top and pull the pork apart with tongs or forks. I toss it well with the beer and then cover it and let it cook for another 15 minutes or so. You have to really toss the meat with the juice to combine everything. Taste the pork and season it additionally if desired.

To make the slaw, add the cabbage to a large bowl. Toss it with the sweet chili sauce and the lime juice, adding in a pinch of salt. You can make this a few hours ahead of time and keep it in the fridge if desired.

To make the avocado cream, add the avocado, lime juice and zest, sour cream or yogurt and the cilantro to a food processor. Blend until pureed and creamy.

Assemble the tacos by adding some pork to each tortilla and covering it with a drizzle of the avocado cream. Add the slaw on top and crumble on a bit of cheese.

Pulled Pork Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw I

Oh and this answer. Always.

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104 Responses to “Pulled Pork Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw.”

  1. #
    Larry — October 8, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    It makes my mouth watahhhhh!


  2. #
    allie — October 8, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    whoa, devon sawa. there’s a blast from the past.

    hey there! i’m a long-time admirer, first-time commenter. i’m absolutely in love with your flair for marrying crazy interesting flavors, and i’m glad to see the return of the taco. what are your thoughts on a shredded pork and apple taco?



  3. #
    Mary — October 8, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    These look SO DELICIOUS!!! I need to make them asap. The cream sauce sound so good!! :)


  4. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 8, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    Oh BABY! These have gotta happen, and soon. Great recipe, Jess!


  5. #
    Derek — October 9, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    What kind of beer did you use, and if i don’t want to use beer what would you sub it for?


    • Amanda Z — November 10th, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

      I just made these using chicken broth instead of beer because I have a gluten allergy and they turned out great!


  6. #
    Nicole | Feeding This Family — October 11, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Hey Jess, just wanted to let you know I’ll be featuring this recipe on my weekly series called Saturday Night Share…and that I think we need to have a date with these tacos and some cupcakes with sprinkles :)


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    Erin — October 12, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    Made these last night, LOVED them. Not going to lie, I was a little skeptical of the toppings with the spice rub and beer. BUT THEY WERE AMAZING! Seriously y’all, trust the toppings.


  8. #
    clare — October 16, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    Yum, would you ever serve these up cold for lunch?


    • Jessica — October 17th, 2013 @ 11:43 am

      you definitely can!


  9. #
    Jen — October 18, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Made these last night! They were fantastic!!! One question what kind of Sweet Chili Sauce did you use?? Thanks so much!


  10. #
    Jacqueline — October 27, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    I made these last night in my pressure cooker for 60mins on high – and they turned out delish! Thanks so much, amazing flavours


  11. #
    Mary — November 2, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    I have the same question as someone else! What kind of sweet chili sauce do you use? I have never used that ingredient and would love to know! Browning up my pork right now and would love to run out and buy the sauce to add to the crock! Yum! And I too appreciate your improved tags for pinning ease!


  12. #
    Stephanie — November 6, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    Made these tonight after seeing them on Pinterest. They were AMAZING! I used Woodchuck Hard Cider instead of beer. Low carb tortillas. Queso Fresco. So so so good. Thank you so much!


  13. #
    Stephanie — November 6, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

    Oh, I also didn’t even take the time to brown the meat. I’ve done it both ways with pork roasts, and honestly, I can’t tell a difference. I used Maggi Taste of Aisa Mild Sweet Chili Sauce. I found it in the asian aisle at my grocery store.


  14. #
    Sara — November 22, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    Ok-so I made this last night and I was wondering how it was all going to come together, All the components have such strong flavor by themselves that I thought they would compete with each other and thus ruin the final flavor. WRONG! This combo works and it works well. I have made many of your recipes and have always liked the end result, but this one knocked my socks off! THANKS!!!


  15. #
    megan — December 4, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    made these for the first time a few weeks ago, husband (before eating) complained about the use of corn tortillas. after eating, could not stop raving about how good my “street tacos” were. will be making them again tomorrow to use up my pork shoulder in the fridge!


  16. #
    Kristin @ Bake Something — January 12, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

    I made these tacos for dinner last night and in my husband’s words, “this shit is good, this shit is REAL good.” I think he liked it. :)


  17. #
    melena — January 19, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

    I couldn’t find any ‘sweet’ Chili sauce at my local grocer, anything I can substitute or make instead of?


    • jayne — February 1st, 2014 @ 11:51 am

      Try looking in the asian section..i found the sweet chile at Wegmans


  18. #
    caitlin — January 31, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    If you are using less pork – lets say approx. 2 lbs – do you need to cook fewer hours? I have my piggy in the crock pot now and don’t want to overcook. from reading everyone’s comments it sounds like this is a winner and I am looking forward to impressing my husband for dinner tonight. tacos are his fav :)

    thanks xx


  19. #
    Gena Hassett — April 8, 2014 @ 10:59 am

    I made these last night and they are so amazing!!!!! You came up with such great flavor combos. Thank you for sharing!! I included your recipe on my new website that helps people plan weekly dinner menus. :) Just read your About. You are just awesome!!!! Thanks again!


  20. #
    Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy — May 12, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

    PERFECT. I’m planning a big family dinner this coming weekend and pulled pork tacos is just what the doctor ordered. Oh, and I was big time crushing on Devon Sawa back in the day. I was obsessed with his TV movie, Twister. I may be the only person who has seen it but it was awesome! :)


  21. #
    princessglee — June 24, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

    Made these tacos last night. De-lish! Having for lunch today too.


  22. #
    karen — September 10, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

    Made these today I absolute loved it FAM is still trying to figure out of they like it lol I used red cabbage and added a packet of taco seasoning to meat with a little water


  23. #
    CB — February 23, 2015 @ 11:11 am

    I just came across your site and would love try these…just 1 little problem(ok not so little) I’m allergic to beer. Yes Really! Any suggestions on a substitute?



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