Grapefruit Asian Pork Tacos

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Cooking with citrus is so much fun. It brings so much brightness to any dish. The homemade grapefruit dressing for the Asian slaw in this dressing came out so yummy! Just the right amount of tart and sweet to compliment the flavors of the slow-cooked Hoisin Pork. You aren’t going to want to relegate these Grapefruit Asian Pork Tacos to only taco Tuesday – they are perfect for any night of the week.

Grapefruit Asian Pork Tacos

Hoisin sauce is a common addition to Cantonese-style cooking. Most varieties have a soybean base and then have garlic, red chili, and five-spice. You can use it as a dipping sauce on its own or add it to a stir-fry. Or you can do what I did and add it to the cooking liquid for the pork in the slow cooker to give an immense depth of flavor to the meat for these tasty tacos. You could use the same sauce ingredients with any type of protein – beef, chicken, shrimp, duck – seriously any protein – it’s that good!

Grapefruit Asian Pork Tacos

Grapefruits are not often used in savory dishes. I like to use them when I really want a stark contrast in flavors. In these tacos, you have rich and tender pieces of pork so I wanted a crisp and bright slaw to balance out the textures and flavors. The dressing is so easy to make. You just put all your ingredients into a mason jar or cruet and shake the heck out of it. Shaking helps bring vinegar-based dressings together so much better than stirring.

I served these tacos with Spicy Coconut Corn – an Asian spin on a combination of creamed corn and street corn. It was a real hit with the family. You could also serve with a simple egg fried rice or maybe an easy garlic noodle.

Spicy Coconut Corn

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Grapefruit Asian Pork Tacos

A light bright shredded pork taco with an asian flair!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Slow Cooker 6 hours
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 18 Flour Soft Tacos fajita-sized
  • 1 cup Crispy Wontons Strips

For the Pork

  • 3 lb Pork Roast
  • ¼ cup Coco Aminos
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Ginger grated
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar

For Asian Slaw

  • 1 14oz bag Coleslaw Mix red cabbage, carrots, green cabbage
  • ½ Red Onion sliced
  • 4 Radishes julienned
  • 1 Grapefruit zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • ¼ cup Miso Paste
  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Sesame Seeds

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients.
  • Place pork into slow cooker. Combine remaining pork ingredients and pour over pork. Secure lid and cook on low for 5 and a half hours.
  • In a mason jar, combine dressing ingredients (grapefruit, vinegar, oil, honey, salt, miso, onion powder, sesame seeds, and garlic powder). Secure a lid to the jar and shake the heck out of it. In a larger bowl, combine coleslaw mix, radishes, and onions. Pour dressing over top of veggie mix and toss to coat. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Remove pork from slow cooker and shred. Return to slow cooker and stir with juices. Replace lid and let cook 30 minutes more.
  • On a griddle or flat top, warm up tortillas for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Build the taco: Place a portion of coleslaw on bottom of tortilla, top with a portion of the pork and sprinkle with crispy wonton strips.

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I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

9 thoughts on “Grapefruit Asian Pork Tacos

  1. Holy YUM batman! I absolutely agree – cooking with citrus is ALWAYS appealing to me! Thank you so much for linking this up on Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

    Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. Donna Reidland – I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, and Biblical counselor. I love sharing God's truth, hopefully in ways that will help you in your walk with God. I'm certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, but mostly I'm just a sister in Christ. To read more about me visit my "about me" page. My story may surprise you.
    Donna Reidland says:

    Oh my! This sounds delicious! Saving to give it a try.

  3. Good morning I saw someone had recommended your tacos on Fortheloveto link party we made some last night, the best tacos we ever had thanks for sharing

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      Thank you so much for the feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed them!

  4. What a combo, hubby would like these ingredients!! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 27. Pinned!

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      Let me know how it turns out!

  5. Hello, this is one of my personal favorites for last week’s Encouraging Hearts and Home. I hope you stop by and say hello, this post has also been pinned to the Encouraging Hearts and Home board! Thank you for being a part of Encouraging Hearts and Home, we appreciate all that you share. Have a great week ahead!

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for the pin too. Have a great rest of your week

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