Summer Recipes: Cheryl Najafi’s Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

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This is a guest post from New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Najafi. She is the mastermind behind the party-centric You’re So Invited: Panic Less, Play More and Get Your Party On!. The book is a no-fuss home entertaining guide. Cheryl’s book is all about making party planning and hosting simple with easy, inexpensive tips, that ‘break the rules’ of “proper” entertaining. Check out her site, Cheryl Style for fun and easy ideas that will wow your family and friends.

This dish is perfect for serving a crowd. You need something that won’t be stressful, is easy to assemble and tastes festively fun. Flavorful pulled pork tacos with a spicy pineapple salsa checks all the boxes and can even be set up pulled pork tacos pulled-pork-pineapple-salsa-cherylstyle as a taco bar for guests to serve themselves, which means less work and more play for you.

Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

What you need:

Makes 6 servings

Pulled Pork Taco

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Corn tortillas
  • Crockpot
  • Forks

Jalapeño Pineapple Salsa

  • 1 ½ cups pineapple, diced
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeño pepper, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon lime zest
  • Salt, to taste

Let’s do it:

  1. Mix salt, garlic, cumin, oregano, coriander, cinnamon and brown sugar together
  2. Rub mixture on pork roast
  3. Place bay leaf in bottom of crockpot and place pork on top
  4. Pour chicken broth around pork
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours until pork shreds easily with fork
  6. Be sure to turn over pork roast after 4 hours
  7. Meanwhile, create salsa by combining all ingredients in bowl
  8. Refrigerate salsa to allow flavors to marinate before serving
  9. Remove pork roast from crockpot and shred with two forks
  10. Use broth as needed to moisten pulled pork
  11. Top tortillas with pulled pork and salsa and serve
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