These Leftover Pulled Pork Tacos feature prepared-in-advance pulled pork, a spicy peach salsa, avocados, and crumbled cotija cheese. If you're into meal prep (like I am!), this is a great way to use your meal prep pulled pork. If you've thawed your pulled pork, you can have these amazing pork tacos ready in under 30 minutes!
This pulled pork tacos recipe is more of a template than a recipe, but I'll focus on either this leftover smoked pork or this Instant Pot pulled pork. If you have a favorite pulled pork recipe, I'm sure it will taste great with these taco toppings...
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks - About Leftover Pulled Pork Tacos
My husband Mark and I regularly cook a 5-7 pound pork loin for meal prep for tacos. I do it different ways, but most often, it's this smoked pork, or this Instant Pot pulled pork. Either recipe is fantastic, but the smoked pulled pork requires a smoker set up. If you have a pulled pork recipe that you love, it should work in these leftover pulled pork tacos just fine.
When I make a big batch of pulled pork, I package it in meal-sized portions of about 1 pound each. We will get 2 dinners (usually tacos), and enjoy either a breakfast of scrambled eggs and pulled pork or a lunch of pulled pork on a salad or with beans. Knowing I have these packages of delicious pulled pork in the freezer for a quick meal is awesome!
Other than the leftover pulled pork, you'll need corn tortillas, a few of your favorite toppings, and a great salsa. I love to pair pork and peaches as in this pork chop with green chile polenta. The peach salsa in that recipe seemed like an obvious choice to me. If peaches are not available, another fruit based salsa fresca/pico de gallo would be a good choice
📋 Ingredients Notes
Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.
Pork Tacos and Toppings
- pulled pork - You can use your favorite pulled pork recipe. If you like to smoke foods, you'll love this smoked pork for tacos. This Instant Pot pulled pork is really good if smoking isn't in your wheelhouse, or you don't have time.
- tortillas - I always use corn tortillas for tacos. They're gluten free, lower in calories, and they taste better (IMHO). Of course the choice is yours!
- salsa - I'm especially fond of this peach salsa that is shown in the photos, but feel free to substitute your favorite fresh salsa. Fruit-based salsas pair especially well with pulled pork.
- avocado - I don't think I ever serve tacos without sliced avocado, but the choice is yours.
- greens - I like the crunch of shredded cabbage. Leaf lettuce is a great option too.
- cheese - Sometimes I use crumbled aged cotija, but sometimes I don't. The creaminess of the avocado is usually enough fat for this health-conscious girl.
- garnishes - I almost always have a garnish or two - lime wedges, jalapeños, and cilantro sprigs.
- Heat the pulled pork - I make the pulled pork in 5-7 pound batches, and freeze them in 1 pound packages. I thaw them overnight in the refrigerator if possible. NOTE: Partially frozen pork can be warmed gently on the stove. I add about ½ cup of chicken broth to the saucepan.
- Prepare the peach salsa - Peel the peaches if you're skin averse. I like the added texture and color. Remove the pits from the peaches. If you're dealing with cling peaches, simply slice all the way around starting at the stem end, and twist the 2 halves to break in two. Remove the pit. See The Easiest Way to Pit a Peach for more. Dice. NOTE: A small dice will make the peach salsa easier to keep in the taco rather than falling out.
- Make the salsa - Combine salsa ingredients in a bowl. Use enough fresh lime juice to moisten the salsa. You don't want it swimming in lime juice.
- Fill warm corn tortillas - Fill with a tablespoon or two of pulled pork, then top as desired with salsa, shredded cabbage (if desired), and avocado and/or cheese. Serve with additional lime, cilantro, and jalapeños as desired. Enjoy!
Are these tacos kid-friendly?
Yes. If you've adjusted your pork recipe to be mild, you're all set. Make the salsa according to their ability to enjoy chile peppers (or omit them entirely).
Are these tacos healthy?
Absolutely! They're gluten free, clean, nearly fat free (depending on your chosen pulled pork and salsa recipes).
If you need more meal ideas for your leftover pulled pork, we love it scrambled with eggs either in or out of a corn tortilla for breakfast. It's also really good with this salsa verde over rice. Try adding a little leftover pulled pork to chilaquiles in lieu of the black beans for a spectacular brunch dish!
🧂 Useful Stuff
These are few items that I recommend that are related to this recipe, and either the same brand or similar to what I use in my own kitchen! I have both the silicone bags and the vacuum sealer. I like them both. The tortilla warmer is the one I use regularly. I warm my corn tortillas in my microwave.
We love tacos, and while we don't always do #TacoTuesday, we do have various kinds of tacos 3-4 times per month. If you love tacos, you may want to take a look at my tacos category!
Leftover Pulled Pork Tacos
- 1 pound pulled pork
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 cup fresh salsa
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 avocado - sliced
- 12 corn tortillas - warmed
- Warm the leftover pulled pork.
- Make the fresh peach salsa.
- Prepare your chosen toppings and garnishes.
- Assemble the tacos.
NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.
☀️ Fresh Salsa Recipes
These pulled pork tacos are best served with a salsa fresca (aka pico de gallo). Here are a few of my favorites!
Beyond Mere Sustenance says
I love tacos, I love pulled pork, and I love fresh salsa. Therefore I love this recipe (that's applied logic). Seriously, pork and peaches are a great combination.