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tacos on white plate with blue striped napkin and bowl of pickled onions

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Slow-Cooker Pineapple Chipotle Pork Tacos

Slow-Cooker Pineapple Chipotle Pork Tacos-- simple to make in the crockpot, and full of amazing flavor! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings


For the Pork:

  • 2 pounds of pork tenderloin I use 2 pork tenderloins
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chicken stock

For the sauce:

  • ½ of a fresh pineapple peeled cored and roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1-2 chipotles in adobo sauce I use 1 - use 2 for spicy tacos
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For serving:

  • corn tortillas
  • garnishes: diced fresh pineapple feta cheese, pickled onions (see note below) or finely chopped red onion,


  • For the pork: Combine the salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Pat the pork dry and rub the spice mixture evenly over the pork tenderloins. Heat the oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add the pork and brown on all sides, 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Transfer the pork to the slow cooker. In the now empty hot pan, add the chicken stock and scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Pour into a blender.
  • Add the remaining ingredients for the sauce to the blender and blend until smooth. Pour over the pork and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  • Shred the meat and mix with the sauce. Add a little more sugar if it tastes bitter and salt to taste if needed. Enjoy!


*For the pickled onions: Combine ¼ cup red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and ½ cup water in a small bowl and stir until dissolved. You can heat this mixture slightly on the stove or in the microwave to combine it thoroughly. Add ½ cup thinly sliced onions and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or for a few hours in the fridge. Drain onions before serving. Chill leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Make sure the chipotles in adobo sauce are gluten-free. They are found in a can on the Mexican food aisle. I add 1 adobo pepper and it isn't very spicy, just flavorful. You can add 2 if you really like the heat!


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1335mg | Potassium: 802mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2.7mg