Pork & Pineapple Tacos


Plan ahead so you can use your slow cooker to prepare the pulled pork for these tacos. This recipe is a better-for-you twist on the classic tacos al pastor. Pork loin is a lean cut that's a healthier option than traditional pork shoulder, which has more fat.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 30 mins
12 tacos


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 (2 pound) pork loin roast, trimmed

  • cup apple juice

  • ½ cup lime juice

  • 2 cups finely diced fresh pineapple (about 1/2 small pineapple)

  • 1 cup finely diced seeded cucumber

  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas, warmed

  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage


  1. Combine chili powder, paprika, brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, garlic powder, and pepper in a small bowl.

  2. Place pork in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork. Pour apple juice around the pork. Cover and cook on Low until the pork is fork-tender, 6 to 7 hours.

  3. Meanwhile, combine lime juice and the remaining 1/4 tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Add pineapple, cucumber, and onion; toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  4. Skim off visible fat from the juices in the slow cooker. Using two forks, shred the meat. Stir in vinegar.

  5. To assemble tacos: Place a generous 1/4 cup pulled pork on each tortilla and add a drizzle of the cooking liquid. Top with about 2 1/2 Tbsp. shredded cabbage and about 3 Tbsp. of the pineapple salsa.


Equipment: 5- to 6-qt. slow cooker

To make ahead: Prepare spice rub (Step 1) up to 24 hours ahead. Refrigerate salsa (Step 3) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

306 Calories
5g Fat
31g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 2 tacos (2 tortillas + about 1/2 cup pork + 1/3 cup cabbage + 1/3 cup salad)
Calories 306
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 35g 70%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 429mg 19%
Potassium 845mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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