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Crock Pot Creations: Pulled Pork Tacos

July 5, 2011

Not long ago, after making a delicious dinner of shredded chicken tacos, I updated my Facebook status with the likes of, “The crock pot is my friend.”And yes, it is true — I love my crock pot and all it has to offer.

I haven’t always been a slow cooker. I started using the crock pot over the past year and am amazed at how easy it is to cook with, and how delicious the food turns out. It’s now my favorite way of cooking meat. I guess many of you are looking for easy and delicious dinners because I received so many replies to my Facebook status asking me for crock pot recipes.

So without further ado, I give you the first of my Crock Pot Creations: Pulled Pork Tacos. I made this recipe up, so bare with me on the details…

First, get out your crock pot and plug it in. This may seem like a no-brainer; but I did forget that step once — not fun!

Next, get yourself a 1 – 1.5 lb. pork tenderloin or shoulder (I buy the tenderloins from Trader Joe’s). Throw that piece of meat in the crock pot and add 1 cup of chicken stock, juice of one orange and/or lime, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. cumin, salt and pepper.

Then cover the crock pot and let it cook on high for six hours. At that point, I turned the heat to low and let it sit another hour. You’re basically trying to get the meat to the point where it can easily be shredded with a fork.

To assemble the tacos, I used small corn/flour tortillas (a la Trader Joe’s, of course) as the base, and topped the meat with pico de gallo, mashed avocado and queso fresco cheese.

And that’s it! In the word’s of Ina Garten, “How easy is that?”

Anyone know of good recipes using queso fresco cheese? I have quite a bit of this tasty Mexican cheese left over.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2011 11:12 pm

    Looks yummi, and an easy to make, too bad we are a Jewish family who does not eat pork…

  2. July 5, 2011 11:12 pm

    Omg, my mouth watered when I saw that big taco picture! I’m going to have to try this for the weekend.

  3. July 5, 2011 11:19 pm

    This looks and sounds yummy Leah! I’ll have to try it out! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  4. July 5, 2011 11:42 pm

    Thanks. I will be trying this soon. Love any form of Mexican food.

  5. July 6, 2011 3:38 am

    Sounds like a good way to make the pork. I used to do the tenderloins, but not now! You know why! Good post!

  6. July 6, 2011 5:24 am

    Love it! Isn’t it amazing how the simplest dishes are always the best! It looks incredible and I’m a huge crock-pot fan!

  7. July 6, 2011 5:57 am

    Mmmmm that looks good! I love my crock pot and I love my tacos, so I’ll have to try and conjure this up. 🙂

  8. July 6, 2011 6:49 am

    Have you ever made tostones? (Fried green plaintains) It’s yummy on them. Or on scrambled eggs. Or on a cracker with Guava paste. 🙂

  9. July 6, 2011 6:56 am

    That sounds delicious! I don’t cook much, so the crock pot is definitely my friend!

  10. July 6, 2011 8:07 am

    yum! I make something very similar- you rub garlic powder, onion powder and sage onto the tenderloin and briefly brown it on all sides, then cook it in a crockpot or pot over very low heat for a long time. First squeeze a couple of limes and oranges over it, add a cup of water and a bunch of chopped cilantro and a little soy sauce. As it cooks, you might need to add more liquid. It is so delicious and easy! I’m always looking for good crockpot recipes.

  11. July 6, 2011 9:02 am

    OMG, those look soooo delicious, and I fear I will never again be able to partake since my family turned vegan on me. Help!!!!

  12. July 6, 2011 9:19 am

    Leah, this looks delicious. I have heard more and more people are having a love affair with their crock pot. Maybe that is an overstatement, but at the very least, they are thrilled with the simplicity. I may have to think about getting one!

  13. July 6, 2011 11:09 am

    You should check out A Year of Crockpotting! It’s one of my favorite food (and more) blogs, because the recipes are so easy and varied.

  14. July 6, 2011 11:38 am

    I love my crock pot, this is one of the best gifts I got few years ago and I am still in love with it. Thanks for the recipe.

  15. July 6, 2011 12:21 pm

    Visiting from SITS, I love a good crock pot recipe because it is a time saver.

    Make it a great day!

  16. July 6, 2011 7:35 pm

    Wow that looks delicious!

  17. July 7, 2011 6:37 am

    That looks delicious! I grill a lot during the summer, but this looks easy and like something we’d all like.

  18. July 7, 2011 12:15 pm

    This looks delicious — and the third recipe I’ve gathered on a blog today — I better get cooking!!

  19. July 7, 2011 10:47 pm

    Leah – love coming to your site for inspiration and always hoping you will invite me over for dinner. I skipped dinner tonight, but now I wish I hadn’t. Will try and give you and update. My monkeys love Mexican food in all varieties.

  20. July 8, 2011 5:38 am

    Great recipe and photo, it makes me hungry just thinking about it. Thanks so much. I like easy and scrumptious recipes like this. 🙂

  21. July 15, 2011 7:59 am

    Hey there! You can freeze the cheese…or you can slice fresh jalapenos in half, lengthwise…take out the veins and seeds…put the cheese in…wrap in bacon…put under broiler…keep a close eye…until bacon is done…start with back side first…cooking…then flip over…baste with barbecue sauce for the last little bit on the top…let it carmelize…NOT BURN 🙂 …yum!

  22. December 9, 2011 1:31 am

    Hi Leah, I found your site throuh Ann at and love this recipe, so simple why did I not think of it myself.

    I’m pretty new to blogging and even newer to foodblogging but you can see my own efforts at

    Please keep these fantastic recipes coming and I’ll keep following you.


    Mr Bunny Chow


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