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Citrus-Marinated Pork Tacos with Pickled Onions

Oxmoor House
Hands-On time 21 mins
Total time 12 hrs, 22 mins
Yield Serves 9 (serving size: 2 tacos)
This is an easy make-ahead option and ideal for a crowd. Even kids will rave about this meal!


  • Pulled Pork:
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground annatto (achiote seed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) bone-in pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed and cut in half crosswise
  • Pickled onions:
  • 1 medium red onion, halved vertically
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 18 (6-inch) gluten-free corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Guacamole

Nutrition Information

  • calories 388
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 17 g
  • satfat 4.3 g
  • monofat 4.9 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 33.3 g
  • carbohydrate 28.3 g
  • fiber 3.7 g
  • cholesterol 101 mg
  • iron 2.6 mg
  • sodium 635 mg
  • calcium 54 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare pulled pork, combine first 9 ingredients in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Add pork to bag. Seal bag, turning to coat. Marinate in refrigerator overnight, turning occasionally.

  2. Preheat oven to 325°.

  3. Remove pork from marinade, reserving marinade. Place pork in a large Dutch oven; pour marinade over pork. Cover and bake at 325° for 4 hours or until pork is fork-tender.

  4. To prepare pickled onions, while pork cooks, place red onion and next 4 ingredients (through jalapeño pepper) in a medium bowl, tossing to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours.

  5. Remove pork from pan, and place on a cutting board. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid; discard remaining cooking liquid. Remove pork from bones; place in a large bowl. Shred pork with 2 forks. Stir in reserved cooking liquid.

  6. Place 1/4 cup pork mixture on each tortilla. Top with about 1 tablespoon Guacamole and about 3 tablespoons pickled onions.

  7. Tip: This pork is best when made ahead and refrigerated for a few days to blend the flavors. Then you can scrape off any excess fat before reheating it on the cooktop over low heat.

Cook's Notes

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