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Slow Cooker Korean Tacos

Slow cooker Korean tacos are so easy to make and the results are a tender & flavorful pork wrapped inside a warm tortilla and topped with a tangy slaw!

Slow cooker Korean tacos via The tender & flavorful pork is wrapped inside a warm tortilla and topped with a tangy slaw!

Slow cooker Korean tacos via The tender & flavorful pork is wrapped inside a warm tortilla and topped with a tangy slaw!

Yesterday, we got an unexpected snow day! Monday was so nice and felt like spring and then Tuesday rolled around and it did a 180. They forecasted 8-11 inches so I think that scared a lot of officials and schools because all the closings started to happen. Woke up in the morning and the government was closed so that was a nice :) I already had MLK day off on Monday and yesterday was just extending the long weekend. They said that today’s wind chill is supposed to be -17 degrees. Oh my gosh, I don’t even want to step foot out of my house. I think I’d literally freeze :) not quite sure how the midwest deals with this kind of cold every winter!

Slow cooker Korean tacos via The tender & flavorful pork is wrapped inside a warm tortilla and topped with a tangy slaw!

A month or so ago, I had a huge hankering for Korean tacos. There’s this food truck in DC that Jason and I LOVE and try to go to whenever we’re at work and the food truck is around our offices. Well, when I had the craving, it was the weekend and we weren’t anywhere near the city so I had to remedy the situation by creating Korean tacos at home. I found this recipe in the cookbook, 365 Slow Cooker Suppers by Stephanie O’Dea. My friend at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt sent me her book and I couldn’t be more happy with it. Slow cooker recipes are my ultimate favorite and I know they’re your favorite too!

I loved the tenderness of the pork and the flavor! This pork and the sauce that accompanied it is bold, sweet, and tangy. Jason and I probably ate three tacos each and the leftovers were even better!

Slow Cooker Korean Tacos
Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Korean
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced, plus extra for garnish
  • 3 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 16-ounce package of coleslaw or broccoli slaw mix
  • 3 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Small tortillas or hot cooked white (or brown) rice, for serving
  1. Add the pieces of pork in the insert/bowl of your slow cooker. Add hoisin sauce, garlic, green onions, and ground ginger.
  2. Toss each piece of pork a few times to fully coat with the sauce and spices.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours.
  4. Prior to serving, in a bowl, toss coleslaw or broccoli slaw mix with rice wine vinegar and brown sugar.
  5. Remove pork from slow cooker and shred. Place pork back into the sauce and toss to coat.
  6. Serve in warmed tortillas with slaw on top or spoon pork onto a bed of rice. Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.
  7. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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  1. 01/22/2014 at 6:33 am

    I heard about the crazy snow you’re having – it’s insane how quickly it can turn from sunny to snow! This definitely sounds like a good, warming dish for a cold snap. Good tacos are hard to find here, let alone anything exciting like these ones!

  2. 01/22/2014 at 6:47 am

    I love hoisin sauce, this looks like an amazing combination! Yet another reason to get a slow cooker, you guys are killing me!

  3. 01/22/2014 at 8:19 am

    As my feet dry out from clomping through the snow, this looks fantastic for a warm dinner!

  4. 01/22/2014 at 8:43 am

    Whoa! I am in love with these tacos! Gorgeous!!

  5. 01/22/2014 at 8:46 am

    These tacos! Oh man, I am in love with them! They look amazing and anything that can go in the slow cooker is always a winner!

    Stay warm!

  6. 01/22/2014 at 8:47 am

    I’m with you- I love my slow cooker! This looks awesome.

  7. 01/22/2014 at 8:48 am

    lol… now thanks to you I have the hankering for a hunk of cheese clip stuck in my head. Was that before your time? ;) Pass me a taco asap and I’ll forgive you for this torture.

  8. 01/22/2014 at 8:51 am

    This is the perfect meal for apres ski or anytime!

  9. 01/22/2014 at 9:17 am

    We had the same snow day situation in Philadelphia! Still waiting to see if my office will be opening this afternoon. I agree that tacos are the perfect snow day food! My friends and I braved the weather last night and hiked up the street to our neighborhood Mexican joint for Taco Tuesday! These Korean ones look amazing!

  10. 01/22/2014 at 9:47 am

    mmm I love slow cooker tacos! Always so tender! These sound fantastic–love the flavors! Hope you enjoyed your extended weekend!!

  11. Candice
    01/22/2014 at 11:01 am

    The tacos look amazing! I’m going to have to invest in a slow cooker.

  12. 01/22/2014 at 11:02 am

    These tacos sound amazing! I love slow cooker recipes. Knowing that my little slow cooker is working away on dinner while I’m out and about is the best. I bet your house smelled amazing while these were cooking.

  13. 01/22/2014 at 11:22 am

    I have never had Korean Tacos- but these look totally and completely amazing. I love that they are made in a slow cooker!!

  14. 01/22/2014 at 11:50 am

    These tacos look amazing, thanks so much! :)

  15. 01/22/2014 at 12:03 pm

    This looks divine! I bet the tacos are so flavourful..will have to try this soon :)

  16. 01/22/2014 at 1:33 pm

    We have a snow day today in NYC, even though the snow isn’t too bad, it’s the cold, it’s just awful and brutal! These tacos would be sure to keep me warm. :)

  17. Naomi
    01/22/2014 at 1:50 pm

    These look delicious, but is it possible to substitute chicken or turkey for the pork?

    • 01/23/2014 at 8:19 am

      You could, but I’ve never done it before so I can’t guarantee the results.

    • 02/07/2014 at 10:43 am

      i make Korean pulled chicken all the time. my recipe isnt exactly the same, but it will work with chicken. easy to freeze too,

  18. 01/22/2014 at 2:17 pm

    Yum! Any meal made in the slow cooker is a winner in my book! I thought about you with all the cold weather. Hope you’re staying warm!

  19. 01/22/2014 at 3:03 pm

    anything in the slow cooker is a winner in my books. I hope you guys get some sunshine soon.

  20. I love the Korean taco truck!

  21. Karen
    01/22/2014 at 6:25 pm

    These look amazing. Any pork loin cooked in the slow cooker is delicious. This looks like the perfect Super Bowl dish!

    • 01/23/2014 at 8:18 am

      Definitely a great choice for some football food!

  22. 01/22/2014 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve never tried Korean tacos but these look so good!

  23. KC
    01/22/2014 at 9:25 pm

    Is it wise to use beef strips instead? xo

    • 01/23/2014 at 8:22 am

      You could, but I haven’t done it myself so I can’t guarantee the results. You’re certainly welcome to try.

  24. 01/22/2014 at 10:50 pm

    We must be a little farther east, because our snow day was today. Thankfully we didn’t lose power, so I could have used my slow cooker if I knew about these tacos! Yum!

  25. 01/22/2014 at 11:10 pm

    Come to mama! These look SO mouthwatering, Julie!

  26. 01/23/2014 at 12:15 am

    I would love if you could make some kind of miracle happen and send that snow and cold to Phoenix, I would be very grateful :) I’ve never had a Korean taco, but the ingredients are so simple, I must try them!

  27. 01/23/2014 at 1:21 am

    Stay warm, friend! Also, when the weather warms up, can you invite me over for dinner? I’m dying for these tacos!

  28. 01/23/2014 at 9:27 am

    Every night should be taco night with tacos like these! And it is a slow cooker recipe which is a total bonus!

  29. 01/23/2014 at 6:27 pm

    Julie, I am drooling! Love this recipe and all the textures going on with that tangy slaw on top. Cannot wait to make. Truly perfect for any time of year. Thanks for sharing!

  30. 01/24/2014 at 11:09 am

    I can’t believe there is such a thing as Asian Taco! I’m drooling over these, it’s like the best of both worlds!

  31. 01/24/2014 at 12:04 pm

    Amazing flavors and I really love the slow cooker meals! So easy!!

  32. 01/24/2014 at 1:06 pm

    two words : I WANT!!!

  33. 01/24/2014 at 1:22 pm

    These tacos sound tasty!

  34. 01/25/2014 at 8:30 am

    Julie, these look amazing! Now I know what I’m going to do with the Hoisin sauce that’s been sitting in my pantry. Yum! Pinned!

  35. Christina
    01/26/2014 at 4:14 pm

    My boyfriend picked up everything to make this…except a slow cooker! Gah! Any tips for stove top or oven?

    • 01/27/2014 at 10:22 am

      Hi Christina! Sorry, I’ve never done it on the stove top or oven so I can’t give much advice. Hope you’re able to pick up a slow cooker soon!

  36. Dawn Hipp
    01/27/2014 at 11:09 am

    I made the tacos and the Amazing Ramen salad for dinner on Friday night. Both lived up to their claims….easy and amazing! Even the leftovers didn’t last long. Thanks!

    • 01/28/2014 at 8:13 am

      So glad you made both dishes, Dawn!

  37. Tina
    01/27/2014 at 8:59 pm

    I made the pork yesterday – served it, with lime-coconut oil quinoa and lightly peppered and sautéed broccoli slaw, for dinner this evening and it was delish! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • 01/28/2014 at 8:09 am

      Sounds delicious, Tina!

  38. 02/02/2014 at 9:04 am

    This looks absolutely delicious. Pinned!

  39. Merideth
    02/16/2014 at 1:15 am

    I know I’m a little late to this party but I can’t wait to make these tomorrow!! We made your chicken tikka masala last Sunday and it was incredible! Do you think this would work with pork tenderloin?? I have some on hand and I’ve never cooked with pork loin so I don’t know the difference. Thanks so much!

    • 02/16/2014 at 12:39 pm

      Hi Merideth, they’re pretty much the same cut so you could use pork tenderloin instead of pork loin. Enjoy!

  40. JavaJ
    03/01/2014 at 9:47 am

    Good thing I haven’t left the house to buy the Beef & Broccoli yet, as I need to add Hoisin Sauce and Tortilla’s to my shopping list!

    Sounds like another great recipe, now I just need to decide which one to make today & which one to make tomorrow!

    That is pretty cold for your neck of the woods, hopefully it has warmed up since then. I am absolutely sick of both the cold & snow. This has just been the worst year all over I think! I’m in Canada and with windchill we’re at -44F right now. Nasty, nasty, nasty!! Our schools generally won’t close unless it’s closer to -50 and we rarely get that cold!

    -44…..brrrrrrr!! Why am I going outside again? Oh right, because these recipes sound dee-lsih!

    • 03/02/2014 at 9:05 am

      Sounds like if you make both dishes this weekend, you’ll have a very scrumptious weekend! Hope you do end up trying both! Stay warm up there!! -44F is crazy cold!!

      • JavaJ
        03/28/2014 at 10:22 pm

        Just wanted to let you know that I did make both of these recipes. My kids loved the Beef & Broccoli (which I changed to pork as we don’t like beef, & broccoli and also cauliflower). If my kids like it, it’s a winner!! They weren’t fond of the Korean Taco’s (too spicy I think), but I LOVED it.

        Thank you again for the great recipes!!

      • Julie
        03/29/2014 at 3:12 pm

        Thanks for letting me know! I’m so glad my recipes have been working out for you!

  41. 03/03/2014 at 6:13 pm

    I used this recipe as my first go for a Pinterest challenge that I’m doing, and the dish was amazing! (: Had to make a few adjustments because I’m a novice cook and don’t have some staple ingredients, but I loved the results all the same. Thanks Julie!

    • 03/04/2014 at 7:30 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this and made your own adjustments!

  42. Tammi
    03/05/2014 at 9:36 am

    Oh my, these are great! So easy but so tasty. The leftovers have made great lunches and this recipe has been moved into the Keeper binder!

    • 03/05/2014 at 12:24 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed, Tammi!!

  43. Nash
    03/29/2014 at 11:41 am

    About to make these for my husband but he leaves for work in 4.5 hours, could I cook this on high for 4 hours instead of low?

    • Julie
      03/29/2014 at 3:09 pm

      Yup, that’s fine.

  44. Christopher
    05/07/2014 at 9:55 am

    Currently have this cooking in the slow cooker, can’t wait to come home a delicious dinner!

    • Julie
      05/08/2014 at 8:29 am

      Hope you enjoyed this, Christopher!!

  45. Kathy
    05/10/2014 at 8:55 am

    I made these tacos last night and let me tell you they were fantastic !!! These will be a regular at our house.

    • Julie
      05/11/2014 at 10:49 am

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed these, Kathy!

  46. anon
    08/16/2014 at 8:27 am

    I’m confused – why is your blog called “table for two” when none of your recipes are for two? This one says it serves 6-8?

    • Julie
      08/16/2014 at 10:19 am

      Don’t be confused! This is why I put together a FAQ section for questions such as these. This page, 2nd question, will answer your question: ;)

  47. Abigail
    09/05/2014 at 6:49 pm

    These were great! Simplified it even further by using 3 teaspoons of garlic powder. Sriracha drizzled on each taco, yummy!! So much great flavor for practically a no-cook meal! Will definitely make again!

    • Julie
      09/06/2014 at 11:49 am

      Glad to hear you enjoyed this, Abigail!

  48. Meredith
    09/07/2014 at 8:02 pm

    I made these tonight and my mom and sister loved them! I did end up cutting the loin into 8 pieces and cooking on high for 2 hours and low for 4 because I was on a tighter time frame than the original recipe, but the pork was falling apart and delicious!

    • Julie
      09/08/2014 at 7:46 am

      I’m glad you were able to cook this quicker with no issues!

  49. 02/10/2015 at 11:28 am

    I tried these last night and they were a big hit with the whole family. We were able to modify to meet three different family needs. 1) I had mine in a bowl without the tortilla. 2) The husband had his per recipe. 3) My girls had it in a soft taco with cheese and no slaw. FABULOUS!

    • Julie
      02/11/2015 at 9:39 am

      Awesome! So glad you were able to modify for three different tastes!

  50. jen v
    02/20/2015 at 3:21 am

    Does this recipe need any liquid besides the hoison sauce?

    • Julie
      02/20/2015 at 10:09 am

      Nope! The meat itself will have juices that run out when it cooks.


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