The ultimate recipe for Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos, using leftover pulled pork.
For more ideas and recipes using leftover pulled pork, check out this post.
Whether you’re having fun on the weekend and perfecting your smoked pork butt, or using it as an excuse to meal prep for the week, smoking an entire pork butt will most certainly yeild lots of leftovers.
And that is a very good thing.
For people like us, who like to constantly experiment with different styles of cooking pork but for our family or for catering gigs, we find ourselves with loads of leftovers, just screaming to be used in a myriad of ways.
Now I know I don’t really need to instruct anyone on how to make tacos, because they are one of the easiest meals on the planet to make, but I do feel compelled to share here… because, well, smoked pulled pork tacos.
How to Make Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos
I like to reheat the leftover pulled pork in a medium sized skillet. Just toss as much meat as you’ll need. For four people I added about 2 cups of leftover pulled pork. If it has dried out at all from being in the fridge or freezer, then you may want to add some BBQ sauce or even just some apple cider vinegar to add a bit of moisture back to the meat.
I think this is probably a good time to tell you that leftover pulled pork freezes quite well. Just thaw it a bit, and reheat it.
Once it’s heated up, warm up your corn tortillas then add whatever you want to fancy up those tacos.
I like to add some purple cabbage or coleslaw (for crunch), tomatoes (because they’re my favorite), cilantro (because it’s awesome), and top with some crème fraîche or sour cream and a thin drizzle of my favorite BBQ sauce. And don’t forget the avocado. Boom.
Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe
Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos
- 2 cups leftover smoked pulled pork
- 8 corn tortillas (2 per person)
- Red cabbage, very thinly sliced
- Red onion, very thinly sliced
- Diced tomatoes (or halved cherry tomatoes)
- Sliced avocado
- BBQ sauce
- Crème fraîche or sour cream
- Cheese: Shredded Mexican cheese blend or Cotija
- Limes, sliced into wedges
- Warm up your leftover pulled pork in a skillet. If it's dried out add some bbq sauce or apple cider vinegar to help re-hydrate (about 1 tablespoon at a time).
- Heat up your tortillas.
- Load the tortilla with some re-heated leftover pulled pork and other desired toppings. Squeeze some fresh lime over the top. Enjoy!
Want More Pulled Pork Leftover Recipes?
- You can find a running list of all of our favorite recipes using leftover pulled pork here.
Smoked Pulled Pork Sloppy Joes!
Now we didn’t write an official recipe for this, but I’m happy to if anyone wants one. We basically cooked up a bit of chopped onion and red bell pepper until soft, then added a 15 ounce can of tomato sauce and about a tablespoon of tomato paste. Then we added about one tablespoon of chili powder and salt and pepper to taste. We adjusted the flavors, then added the leftover meat (two cups, give or take) and cooked until everything was combined. Then we loaded up the mixture onto a bun, topped with some cheese and put under the broiler to melt the cheese. Holy amazing use for leftover pulled pork! So good.
This recipe was originally published in June of 2016, and updated in April of 2020 with new photos and directions.
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