Pulled Pork Tacos with Chayote Squash and Apple Slaw

Between mouthfuls of sweet, tender pork, crispy apples, chayote squash and soft homemade corn tortillas, I am one happy girl. A girl with drippy sweet and spicy chipotle pork sauce running down her fingers, and a belly full from not being able to stop myself from having one. more. taco. again.

Pulled Pork Tacos with Chayote Squash and Apple Slaw

This whole delicious thing on my plate right now started with a chayote squash I got from a very good friend of mine. His father has a farm close by and grows just about every vegetable I've ever heard of, and some I haven't. Like this chayote squash, how have I never heard of it before? Have you ever seen this prickly thing that looks a little like an alien about to throw a punch.

When it's eaten raw it is like a cross between a jicama and a cucumber. It's juicy, crunchy and a little sweet. Perfect for coleslaw.

If you're in or around Vancouver you can pick up chayote squash from:

Linc's Specimen Tree's
4299 Glemore Road,
Abbotsford, BC
604-202-7735

It is by appointment only so make sure you call before you head out on your chayote squash hunt.

If you haven't seen a chayote squash before this is one here ↓

Pulled Pork Tacos with Chayote Squash and Apple Slaw

Funny looking thing, right?

You'll want to peel the skin. It is edible but those thorns you see are pretty spiky and I can't imagine they would feel good in your mouth. The soft seed inside is edible too.

Pulled Pork Tacos with Chayote Squash and Apple Slaw

These tacos are made with homemade tortillas and if you have the time I totally recommend making them. They're kind of insane how good they are. Like, who-even-needs-the-rest-of-the-taco-stuff-when-you-have-these kind of insane. Kidding. Sort of.

They're super simple to make but they will take you a few minutes. If you're in a rush you can sub some store-bought ones as long as you promise me you'll make them one day soon. 🙂

Pulled Pork Tacos with Chayote Squash and Apple Slaw

The recipe will give you more pulled pork than you'll need for the tacos. Trust me, you'll be happy about this. If you have leftover coleslaw you can put it on a bun with the pork and some mayo and have yourself a crazy delish sandwich the next day.

I ♥ leftovers

Pulled Pork Tacos with Chayote Squash and Apple Slaw

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Pulled Pork Tacos with Chayote Squash and Apple Slaw

Chipotle Pulled Pork Tacos with Chayote Squash and Apple Slaw

  • Author: Kristen Stevens | The Endless Meal
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Between mouthfuls of sweet, tender pork, crispy apples, chayote squash and soft homemade corn tortillas, these Chipotle Pulled Pork Tacos are incredible!


Scale

Ingredients

For the pulled pork:

  • 1 ½ lb. pork butt
  • 1 cup dark beer
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (gluten free if that's important to you)
  • 1 tablespoon pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated on a microplane or very finely minced
  • 1 dried guajillo pepper

For the tortillas:

  • 2 cups masa harina (corn flour)
  • 1 ⅓ cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons grape seed oil (or any neutral flavoured oil)

For the slaw:

  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated on a Microplane or very finely minced
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ½ chayote squash, julienned into 23 inch strips
  • 1 crisp apple, diced
  • ½ cup finely shredded red cabbage
  • ¼ cup finely sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • Optional: chili oil

Instructions

For the pulled pork:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to very low, cover, and simmer gently for 4 hours, or until the pork is very tender.
  2. Remove the pork from the pot and increase the heat to high. Boil the liquid until it reduces to ⅔ cup, about 10 minutes. Discard the guajillo pepper.
  3. Shred the pork using 2 forks then pour the reduced cooking liquid over top. Gently toss so that the pork is well coated.

For the tortillas:

  1. Combine the corn flour, water and salt in a medium sized bowl. Work the dough with your hands until it comes together to form a soft ball. Divide the dough into 16 pieces – the easiest way to do this is to divide the dough in half, then each half again until you have 16 pieces. Leave the balls in the bowl and cover the bowl with a clean, damp tea towel.
  2. Flatten one ball using the palms of your hands. Place the flattened ball between 2 pieces of parchment paper and roll out the tortillas so they are about 5″ across. Use your fingers to ‘crimp' the edges back together if they split.
  3. Add ½ teaspoon (or a small splash) of oil to a cast iron pan over medium high heat. When the oil is hot drag one side of the tortilla through the oil in the pan then place the tortilla in the pan so that the oiled side is on top. Cook for 50 seconds then flip it over and cook for another 50 seconds. Remove the tortilla from the pan and set aside on a plate. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

For the slaw:

  1. Add the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, garlic and sea salt to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the chayote squash, apple, cabbage, red onion and cilantro and toss to coat everything well.

To serve:

  1. Place a heap of the slaw in the centre of a tortilla and top with some pulled pork and optional chili oil.