Feel free to garnish the tacos further as you wish, maybe with avocado, lime, some Cotija cheese and charred scallions.

Serves 10 to 12


  • 8 pounds bone-in pork shoulder
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup lard
  • 3 small onions: 1 large-diced, 2 minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp. coriander seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 (6.5-ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 (12-ounce) can of simple beer
  • Canola oil
  • 24 white corn tortillas
  • 2 cups crumbled Cotija cheese
  • 4 limes, cut into wedges
  • Tomatillo Salsa Verde (see separate recipe)


    Active time: 40 minutes Total time: 12 hours

    Preheat a large (7+ quart) slow cooker on the low setting for at least 20 minutes.

    Pat the pork shoulder dry with paper towels and season it very well all over with salt and the pepper. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, and when the oil is shimmering, add the pork shoulder and sear it for 5 minutes per side, until golden. Transfer the pork to the slow cooker.

    Reduce the heat to medium and add the lard to the skillet. Once it has melted, add the large-diced onion and the garlic; cook for 5 minutes, until softening. Add this to the slow cooker, along with the coriander, cinnamon, lime juice, chipotle in adobo and the beer. Cover with the lid and cook on the low setting for 12 hours.

    Place a large skillet over medium heat and add a touch of canola oil. Griddle the tortillas, one or two at a time, for a few seconds per side until warmed through and toasty. As you process through the tortillas, stack and place them in a resealable plastic bag to stay warm.

    Put the braised pork in a serving vessel and serve with the warm tortillas, minced onion, Cotija, lime wedges and Tomatillo Salsa Verde, plus any other toppings you love on a taco.

    Reprinted from The Chef and the Slow Cooker . Copyright © 2017 by Fried Pie, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2017 by Andrew Thomas Lee. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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