Slow-roasted pork tacos

  • serves 4
  • A little effort

Worth every bit of effort: with melting slow-cooked pork and fresh radish and avocado salad this is a great help-yourself meal to share with friends.


Watch our 20-second video for the easiest way to stone an avocado…



  • garlic 3 cloves, halved
  • coriander seeds 1 tbsp
  • onion 1 medium, sliced
  • coriander a bunch
  • chicken stock 500ml
  • limes juice of 2 and zest of 1
  • pork shoulder 1kg, untied
  • sea salt 1 tbsp
  • chipotle chilli powder or hot smoked paprika 1 tbsp
  • pinto beans 2 × 400g cans

to serve

  • soft flour tortillas or corn tortillas 8
  • shredded white cabbage
  • sliced onions
  • sliced radishes
  • sliced green chilli
  • sliced avocado
  • hot sauce such as Tabasco or Frank’s Red Hot
  • lime wedges


  • Step 1

    Turn the oven up as high as it will go. In a roasting tin big enough to hold the pork snugly, put the garlic, coriander seeds, onion, coriander stems, chicken stock and lime juice and zest. Put the pork on a wire rack in the sink and pour a kettleful of boiling water over the skin. This will make it shrink and the cuts open up. Rub the sea salt and chipotle powder all over the skin, into the cuts and around the rest of the meat. Put the meat skin-side up in the roasting dish on top of the aromatics and put in the oven. Cook for 15 minutes, then cover the tin tightly with foil. Turn the heat down to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2 and cook for 4 hours, removing the foil for the final 2 hours.

  • Step 2

    Remove the pork from the oven and put skin-side down on a chopping board. Cut the meat and skin into large, rough chunks.

  • Step 3

    Warm up the beans in their liquid over a low heat. Serve the meat and crisp skin with the tortillas, coriander leaves from the bunch, cabbage, onion, radishes, green chillies and avocado. Squeeze over copious amounts of lime juice and sprinkle over a little sea salt and some hot sauce. You can eat the beans either on the side or tucked inside the tortilla. See more recipes on emily’s blog chasingthedish.blogspot.com

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 843
  • Fat 26.8g
  • Carbs 86g
  • Fibre 13.7g
  • Protein 70g
  • Salt 4.34g