Introduction: Messy's Pulled Pork Tacos
Things You’ll Need
Dry Rub Spices (brown sugar, chilli powder, cumin, salt, pepper)
Spices (Cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, garlic salt, paprika)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Light Sour Cream
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Step 1: Slow Cooking Pork
Tip #1 Start early for slow cooker recipes.
Take your pork shoulder and completely coat with dry rub spices. If you would like a sweet taste add more brown sugar, if you prefer savory add less. After coating pork shoulder (5 lbs) place into crock pot with 2 cups of water on high for 6-8 hours. When ready remove from crock pot and using forks begin to tear pork away from bone.
Step 2: Salsa Prep
Tip #2 Prepare your salsas before the meal and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to get optimal flavors!
Now time to make your salsas…we have corn and tomato salsas that we are going to prepare. Open your can of corn and drain out the liquid. Place in small bowl and mix in chopped basil and diced red onions. Set aside. To make your tomato salsa take the diced tomatoes, mix in red onions, cilantro, and cumin…that’s all there is to it. Set it aside.
Step 3: Prepare Vegetables for Pork
Now time to prep the vegetables for meat. Dice up red onions, green peppers, jalapeños, and garlic.
Step 4: Incorporating Mexican Flare to Pork
Tip #3 Let garlic simmer in hot oil to get the most flavor!
Heat olive oil in a deep skillet on medium heat. Once hot add garlic and let it it simmer until golden brown. Once lightly browned add in the rest of the vegetables, stir, and let them cook through for about 5 minutes.
Add in about 2 pounds of the pulled pork, about 1 1/5 cups of water, and the spices listed above (use the rest for sandwiches, more tacos). When adding spices taste and add more as you need them. I found that I use a lot of cumin and paprika in comparison to the other spices. Also if you have a lime handy squeeze a bit in instead of using salt. Add in some chopped cilantro, stir, cover and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.
Step 5: Adjusting Flavors
After 30 minutes taste the pork and adjust flavor if necessary. Now if pork mixture is to thin drain about 1/3 cup of the fluid into a small bowl, and mix in about 2 tablespoons of flour until smooth, and return back into the pork and stir. Repeat this until it is a desired thickness.
Step 6: Get Your Shells Ready
Tip #4 Always pan fry your soft tortillas, it really makes a difference.
Place a skillet on high heat and lightly grease with cooking spray. Add on your tortillas and flip until golden brown and bubbling on each side.
Step 7: Assemble Tacos
Once soft tortillas are browned you can begin to assemble! Place tortillas flat and add pork, followed by cheese, both salsas, and light sour cream. Now fold em’ up and begin to feast!
Step 8: Suggestions
• Serve with a side of tortilla chips and even add them into your taco for a bit of crunch.
• If you like your tacos extra spicy add on Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce.
• Serve this pulled pork recipe in any sort of style; nachos, burritos, or maybe a tostada. nom nom nom.
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