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Yes, pork rind tacos are a thing. :)

This is a simple and fun way to enjoy chicharrones, otherwise known as pork rinds. By coating them in salsa and baking them, they take on a whole new character, tender, or with one modification, tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. This recipe will cover both methods.

A word about sourcing: Those pork rinds in a bag at the grocery store are okay, but if you have a local Hispanic grocery store, look and see if they sell whole chicharrones (about a foot square). Fresh fried pork rinds are lighter, crunchier, cheaper, and far tastier than anything that comes in a bag with a bar code. While you are there get to know the store and the folks in it, if you enjoy Hispanic cuisine, they can help you immensely.

Ingredients:

Equipment:

Stainless steel oval baker (do yourself a favor, these little pans come in handy, especially when cooking for one)

Tortilla Warmer

Step 1: Toss Da Salsa

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Add about 1/2 jar of salsa to the pork rinds in a bowl and toss until well coated.

Step 2: Bake

Add the rinds to a foil lined baker. This will result in tender pork rinds. If you like them tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside, place them on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. While the rinds are in the oven, warm tortillas in tortilla warmer. I do this by separating the tortillas in the warmer with slightly damp paper towels and nuking in the microwave for about 45 seconds.

Step 3: Serve!

Place a few rinds in a tortilla and top with shredded cheese. Optionally add some fresh cilantro and lime juice, or a nice green hot sauce like Extra Mean Green.

<p>Cheese is the food that is most often stolen, per Ripley. It makes sense. What else is so delicious, nutritious, versatile, easily stored and carried, and goes with everything?</p>
<p>Pork rinds, who would have thought!</p>
<p>I know, right?!</p>
<p>Very good!... Makes me hungry to read it...</p>
Let me know if you try it!
OMG, why cheese?
<p>Cheese is the staff of life!!..</p>
Amen!
Why not cheese? :)

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