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Pork ‘Tamale’ Taco

Yields16 Servings

Pulled pork tacos can also be made without making the cornmeal tamale. Just eliminate cornmeal mixture steps from the recipe.

Seasoning Mix:
 2 tsp dry mustard powder
 2 tsp chili powder
 1 tsp cumin
 1 tsp garlic powder
Shredded Pork
 4 - 5 lb pork butt shoulder roast, trimmed of all skin and fat
 2 tsp olive oil
 1 28 oz can no-salt added diced tomatoes
 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  cup prepared yellow mustard
 6 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, divided (4 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp)
 2 tsp Southwest-type chipotle seasoning
 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
 water, if needed
 1 cup cornmeal
Cabbage Slaw:
 2 cups finely shredded cabbage
 1 grated apple
 ¼ cup chopped cilantro
 1 Tbsp prepared mustard
 1 Tbsp agave nectar or honey
 16 small tortillas (wheat or corn)
Seasoning Mix:

Combine dry mustard, chili powder, cumin and garlic powder. Mix well. Remove 2 tsp seasoning and set aside.

Shredded Pork:

Rub all sides of pork roast with remaining mixed seasoning.


In large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add pork. Cook 2 minutes per side or until browned on all sides.


Place pork in slow cooker. Add tomatoes, apple sauce, mustard, 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, chipotle seasoning, jalapeno, garlic and reserved seasoning. Cover. Cook on high for 6 1/2 hours or until meat easily pulls apart with a fork.


Remove meat to cutting board. Using two forks, shred meat. Sprinkle reserved 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar over meat. Toss. Cover meat and keep warm.

Cornmeal Mixture:

Measure liquid present in slow cooker. Add water, if needed, to make 4 cups. Return liquid to slow cooker. Add cornmeal. Stir well. Cook on high until thick (about 40 minutes).

Cabbage Slaw:

Combine cabbage, apple, cilantro, mustard and agave nectar in bowl.


Assemble tacos by laying tortillas on counter and spreading about 1/4 cup of cornmeal mixture over each.


On each tortilla, place 1/3 cup shredded pork down the centre. Put 2 Tbsp cabbage slaw on top. Fold in half.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 407
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g31%

Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 320mg14%
Total Carbohydrate 22g8%

Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 34g68%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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