Chipotle BBQ Pork Folded Tacos

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: sandwich, slow cooking
Cut: Shoulder
Cooking Method: Slow Cooking
Meal Type: Passport to Pork
Servings: 16 tacos


  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup reduced-sugar barbeque sauce
  • 4 chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce (pureed)
  • 2 pounds pork shoulder (trimmed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 16 low-carb whole-wheat tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion (about 2 medium onions)


  • In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, barbecue sauce, and chipotles. Blend well, then set aside in the refrigerator.
  • Place the pork in a 3- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or on high for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Transfer the cooked pork to a cutting board. Shred the pork with two forks, discarding the excess fat. Return the pork to the slow cooker. Sprinkle the paprika over the shredded pork, then add the barbecue mixture. Cover and cook on low for 1 hour. Skim off any excess fat.
  • To build the tacos, place a heaping spoonful of pork (about 1/4 cup) on a warmed tortilla. Top with cabbage and onions, and serve. Place any leftover pork in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


This amazing taco recipe from Kelley Coffeen, author of the cookbook Tex-Mex Diabetic Cooking, lets your slow-cooker do all the work! (Though if you're home all day, be prepared for the appetizing smell of slow-cooked pork to fill your house—hunger may be a side-effect.) Finished off in a simmering BBQ and chipotle blend, the final shredded pork is a juicy filling for a healthier version of southwestern tacos.
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