Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos

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Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours, 11 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours, 36 minutes

Servings: 8


Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos


· 3 whole ancho chiles· 3 whole pasilla chiles· 4 cloves garlic, unpeeled· 2 to 3 chipotles in adobo sauce· 1/2 medium white onion, roughly chopped· 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil· 2 tablespoons honey· 1 tablespoon cider vinegar· Kosher salt· 2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Mexican· 3 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth· 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder (untrimmed), cut into chunks· Freshly ground pepper· 2 bay leaves· 1 cinnamon stick· Corn tortillas, warmed, for serving· Assorted taco toppings, for garnish


Step 1Put the ancho and pasilla chiles and the garlic in a bowl; add 2 to 3 tablespoons water. Microwave on high until soft and pliable, 2 to 3 minutes. Stem and seed the chiles; peel the garlic. Transfer the chiles and garlic to a blender.Step 2Add the chipotles, onion, 2 tablespoons olive oil, honey, vinegar, 1 tablespoon salt and the oregano to the blender; puree until smooth. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high heat; add the chile sauce and fry, stirring, until thick and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Pour in the broth and reduce until slightly thickened.Step 3Season the pork all over with salt and pepper and transfer to a large slow cooker. Add the bay leaves and cinnamon stick, then pour in the sauce. Cover and cook on high until the meat is tender, about 5 hours. (Or cook the meat in a large Dutch oven, covered, for 1 hour 45 minutes at 350 degrees; uncover and cook 30 more minutes.)Step 4Discard the bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Shred the pork with 2 forks; season with salt and pepper. Serve the shredded pork in the tortillas, along with toppings.