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Cuban Pork Tacos (Whole30, Paleo, Kid-Friendly)

This dish is inspired by my friend, Sandy.  She is a mom of 4 boys (2 sets of twins!) and is always on the hunt for meals that will not only keep her active boys full, but is also quick and tasty.  One of the first times she had our family over for dinner, she made pork tacos.  What especially stuck with me about this meal was all of the condiments she had laid out, none of which, I had ever used on tacos (and all Whole30 compliant): bacon, roasted garlic mayo, jalapeno, cilantro, caramelized onions. Each condiment packed tons of flavor that married the tacos so well, I was dreaming about them the next day.

I found a recipe, did some tweaking and would love to share it with you today.  Don’t forget about those condiments!  Pick and choose what you like, but perhaps give them all a try – trust me!

Cuban Pork 3

Prep Time 15 minutes + 1-2 days
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings – 8

Recipe adapted from: Rainy Day Gal


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 10 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 5lb pork shoulder or butt



  1. Combine orange juice, garlic, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, oregano, salt, and oil in a bowl, mix thoroughly.
  2. Pat dry the pork and place in a large Ziploc or glass dish.
  3. Pour marinade over pork and seal Ziploc/cover glass dish. Let sit in refrigerator, turning occasionally, for 1-2 days.
  4. Place meat and marinade in Instant Pot, secure the lid. Select Manual, High Pressure and set timer for 90 minutes.
  5. When finished, use a natural pressure release. Open the Instant Pot and remove the pork and place in a large bowl. Discard marinade/juices.
  6. Use forks or meat shredding claws to shred the pork.
  7. Serve in bibb lettuce wraps with suggested condiments OR over cauliflower rice OR both. These are your tacos, serve as you please.


  • If you don’t own an Instant Pot, don’t freak.  You can cook your pork in your slow cooker.  For best results, cook on LOW for 10 hours.
  • If you decide to make both the bacon and garlic mayo, bake your bacon!  400 degrees for 18 minutes.  During the last 10 minutes, throw your garlic in with the bacon to roast for your mayo.
  • I like my pork a little crunchy on the end.  If you are like me, saute your meat right out of the crockpot on high heat for 3-5 minutes.  Just enough to give the ends a little crunch.

(not whole30/Paleo)

Optional ways to serve this dish to kids:

1. Try the bibb lettuce taco – they may like it!
2. Serve in a taco with bibb lettuce on the side with dump ranch.
3. Serve over rice, with bibb lettuce on the side with dump ranch.

Cuban Pork

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