Hawaiian Kalua Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

by Krista on June 21, 2013 · 36 comments

Hawaiian Kalua Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

At the beginning of this week I told you I would share some Hawaiian Recipes from our most recent trip to Maui and Oahu. Well, let the Hawaiian Recipes begin. :)  One of the things that Hawaii is known for are their Luau’s. In fact, if you go to Hawaii it is the one thing that people tell you you have to experience. The dancing and flame throwing is pretty fun but the food is awesome!  To signify the start to the Luau they unveil the Kalua Pig that has been roasting in the ground for hours. This pig is usually generously seasoned with Hawaiian Rock Salt, wrapped with banana leaves, put in a hole dug in the ground that they turn into an undersground oven, and then covered again. It is delicious!

When we got back from Hawaii I immediately started searching for Kalua pork recipes and found one at this awesome blog Pineapple & Coconut! {you should check it out, she loves any and all things Hawaiian} I didn’t just want to make pork though, I wanted to amp it up turn it into a taco and add some pineapple salsa! After all, Hawaii is also know for their pineapples right? So, there you have it folks, a Hawaiian Kalua Pork Taco with Pineapple Salsa. You will love it!

To get started, pat dry 4-6lbs of pork shoulder and place in slow cooker.

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Generously poke the pork shoulder with a fork, the more the better. {these holes will let the seasonings flow into the meat}

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Next, pour 1 T. of liquid smoke over the pork shoulder.

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Then add 1 T. of Red Hawaiian Sea Salt. {you can get this at World Market}

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Place lid on to cover and cook for 8-12 hours, checking every hour after 8 hours for doneness {I used 4lb. and it took 8hrs.}

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When finished, shred pork with two forks. To make the Pineapple salsa, use 1 whole pineapple, slice off the exterior and remove the core.

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Next, chop up your pineapple into small bit size pieces. {almost minced.. i mean tiny people}

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Place pineapple in a large bowl and add 1/4 cup of minced red onion, 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro, 1 minced {very finely chopped} chipotle pepper from a can of chipotle in adobe sauce, juice of half a lime, and salt.

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Mix all together.

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Next, thinly slice {should look like shoe strings} half of a red cabbage head, add to a bowl and mix with juice of 1 lime.

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Assemble to tacos, put a little of hawaiian kalua pork, pineapple salsa, and red cabbage on a corn tortilla and eat up!

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If you wanted you could add queso fresco cheese to this or a little BBQ sauce would be good too!

Hawaiian Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Hawaiian Kalua Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
 
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Recipe type: Crock Pot, Poultry & Pork
Serves: 20-25
Ingredients
  • 4-6lbs. Pork Shoulder
  • 1 T. liquid smoke
  • 1 T. red Hawaiian Sea Salt {can be bought at World Market}
For Pineapple Salsa:
  • 1 whole pineapple, chopped into very small pieces {almost minced}
  • ¼ cup of minced red onion
  • ¼ cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1 minced chipotle pepper, from a can of chipotle pepper in adobe sauce
  • juice from half a lime
  • salt
For Tacos:
  • half of a red cabbage head, thinly sliced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • corn tortillas
Instructions
  1. Pat dry 4-6lbs of pork shoulder and place in slow cooker.
  2. Generously poke the pork shoulder with a fork, the more the better. {these holes will let the seasonings flow into the meat}
  3. Next, pour liquid smoke and Red Hawaiian Sea Salt over the pork shoulder. Rub the sea salt and liquid smoke into the pork shoulder very well to ensure it is completely covered.
  4. Place lid on to cover and cook for 8-12 hours, checking every hour after 8 hours for doneness {I used 4lb. and it took 8hrs.}
  5. When finished, shred pork with two forks.
  6. To make the Pineapple salsa, use 1 whole pineapple, slice off the exterior and remove the core.
  7. Next, chop up your pineapple into small bit size pieces. {almost minced.. i mean tiny people}
  8. Place pineapple in a large bowl and add red onion, fresh cilantro, chipotle pepper from a can of chipotle in adobe sauce, juice of half a lime, and salt.
  9. Mix all together.
  10. Next, thinly slice {should look like shoe strings} half of a red cabbage head, add to a bowl and mix with juice of 1 lime.
  11. Assemble to tacos, put a little of hawaiian kalua pork, pineapple salsa, and red cabbage on a corn tortilla and eat up!
  12. If you wanted you could add queso fresco cheese to this or a little BBQ sauce would be good too!
Notes
Kalua Pork Recipe from Pineapple & Coconut

 


{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Gina June 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM

HOLY SMACKERS!!! Yum- I have got to make this. I have this strange obsession with shredded meat- any kind. For some reason it tastes a million times better this way.

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Krista June 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I know right?!? Everything is better when it’s shredded. By the way, I literally laughed out loud at your comment, thanks for making my day! :)

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Crystal June 21, 2013 at 1:47 PM

This looks awesome! Would love to have you link this up at our summer-themed, Ladies Only Blog Share!

http://mommifried.com/ladies-only-blog-share-link-party-funtastical-summer/

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Krista June 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Thanks Crystal, I will definitely check it out when I get a chance. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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lisa@cookingwithcurls June 21, 2013 at 2:49 PM

I want that pineapple cutting thing, that is so cool! I don’t have a world market, but I will find that salt somewhere. I have to make this, it looks absolutely delicious :)

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Krista June 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM

If you have a speciality grocery store around I’m sure they have it! :) The pineapple slicer is aa—mazing! I have used it twice already since I got it, which has only been a week. Makes life lots easier.

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Happy Valley Chow June 21, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Wow great job Krista, those look and sound absolutely incredible! I want to pick up one of those pineapple slicers, they look like so much fun to use haha. Thanks for sharing!

Happy Blogging!
Happy Valley Chow

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Krista June 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

haha… they are… once you figure out how to use it! :) Thanks for stopping by.

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Julie @ This Gal Cooks June 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Oh wow, Krista. These look so SO good! I am not even a really big fan of pork and I rarely eat it but I would gobble these up! Pinned and sharing on Facebook tomorrow. :)

Did you bring the pineapple back with you? I’ve had pineapple right from Hawaii before. One of my previous co-worker’s mom went to Hawaii and sent some back. Oh my it was so delicious. I love pineapple anyways but it was exceptional!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Krista June 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I am so with you on the pork, there is always an exception though and this is one of them. :) Unfortunately, the pineapple is not from Hawaii, I wish it was. I totally didn’t know you could ship them, next time for sure! :) How fun that your previous co-workers mom did that. So sweet! Hope you have a great weekend!

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Six Sisters/My Recipe Magic June 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Oh YUM! This looks delicious! So excited for the pineapple salsa! :)
-The Six Sisters
http://myrecipemagic.com/home/recipes

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Krista June 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Thanks girls! It is super yummy, especially with the hint of chipotle. I could probably just eat it with a spoon, no judges! :)

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Christie - Food Done Light June 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Delicious recipe. I especially love the chipotle in the pineapple salsa and the liquid smoke in the pork is a genius idea. Saw this recipe on Six Sisters. I co-host Thursdays Treasures link party which will go live Wednesday night. Would love for you to share a recipe with us.

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Krista June 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Awesome! I would absolutely love to stop by. Thanks for the invite and stopping by! :) Love meeting new foodie peeps.

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Becca from ItsYummi.com June 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

OMGosh Krista… I’m drooling all over myself! I’m such a fan of pork and that pineapple salsa looks AMAZING and so refreshing!
I’m trying to eat lower carb, so I’ll probably pick up some whole wheat tortillas, but I’m DEFINITELY making this recipe soon!

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Krista June 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

hahaha… Becca you crack me up! The pineapple salsa is definitely the part that brings this whole taco together. It is so yummy! I hope you enjoy it and thanks for stopping by. :)

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Bevin June 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

I’ve never made pineapple salsa before, I will have to try this! Thank you for sharing at our Super Sunday linky party!

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Krista June 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM

I haven’t either, ate plenty, but this one is a winner. Thanks for hosting a great party for me to share at. :)

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Diane June 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM

My brother in law is from Hawaii and is living in England. I’ll send him this recipe to remind him of home. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

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Krista June 24, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Awesome!! I bet he misses home, England is nothing like Hawaii, I hope the recipe cheers him up and brings back memories! :) Thanks for hosting such a great party Diane.

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Camille June 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Yes! Just tried my 1st pork taco yesterday (don’t know what took so long). I’m adding this recipe to the menu right away.

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Krista June 24, 2013 at 6:40 PM

haha… hey, I’m right there with you! I think pork has a bad rap.. but its making a come back. :) Thanks for stopping by Camille!

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SherryO June 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM

O.M.G. – I am drooling over here, this sounds SO good. I worked at a grocery store as a teenager many moons ago and always loved the ease of their pineapple slicer. No excuse for not eating or cooking with tons of pineapple when you have one of those babies in your arsenal. :D

Thanks for linking up to our Super Sunday Linky Party and be sure to visit again!

SherryO @ WhoNeedsACape.com

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Krista June 25, 2013 at 8:04 AM

haha.. I know! My mother in law just got me this awesome little gadget and I LOVE it! So much easier to cut/slice/chop the pineapple with that baby! :) Thanks for stopping by Sherry!

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Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks June 26, 2013 at 3:27 AM

Shut your mouth! These look amazing :)

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Krista June 26, 2013 at 8:16 AM

hahaah. I know right?!? They are super yummy. :)

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Julie June 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Thanks for linking up for our first Super Summer Saturday party. Just pinned to our boards to share with our followers. Come back next Saturday to join the fun again!

Julie
http://www.thechirpingmoms.com

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Krista June 27, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Absolutely, had a blast. You had a fun little party over there. :) Thanks for the “pin love”, hope you have a great weekend!

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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork June 27, 2013 at 5:58 PM

I went to Hawaii 1.5 years ago and I’m STILL talking about it! It’s so beautiful there and they truly do have the best pineapple in the world! These pork tacos are a must make! I’ll be pinning!

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Krista June 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM

I would be too! It is beautiful! You and your hubbie need to plan a trip. Tell him its for recipe research for your blog, hehe. They totally do have the best pineapple ever, you can definitely tell the difference.

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Diane June 28, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Just wanted you to know that your recipe is being featured on foodie friday today. Stop by and get your featured button. I will be tweeting and pining your recipe all this coming week.

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Krista June 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Awesome, thanks so much Diane! :)

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BeBetsy June 29, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Yummy recipes! Thanks for sharing on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT. We’d love it if you would link back to us!

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Anyonita July 2, 2013 at 4:37 AM

I don’t know what excites me more about this, the pork or the salsa! :) Delicioso!!! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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Krista July 2, 2013 at 9:39 AM

I know right! I can’t make up my mind either, I just eat it. :) Thanks for stopping by Anoynita and for all the ‘share love’. :)

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