Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pulled Pork (with homemade hard taco shells)

We live in the land of mexican food here in Houston, TX. It never gets boring! Clayton and I love trying new mexican restaurants and dishes! The other day I was feeling adventurous and decided to create new pulled pork recipe. I've seen some recipes for bbq pulled pork using Dr. Pepper and BBQ sauce. I decided to give that a mexican twist by using Coke Zero (what Clayton drinks) and enchilada sauce. I cooked it in the crock pot all day. The end result was a delicious and juicy pulled pork filling perfect for any kind of mexican dish. We ate this in tacos with all the fixings. I was in the mood for hard taco shells. I saw the idea online for making your own hard shells using corn tortillas and a muffin tin. It worked like a charm! Instructions are below! This pork filling would also be delicious on a taco salad, burritos, and enchiladas. This recipe makes a lot and also freezes very well. We ate half of the pork and froze the rest for later in the month! This dish is perfect for your upcoming Cinco De Mayo celebration on May 5th! :-) Enjoy! Hoot Rating: 4.6!
Pulled Pork for Tacos
& Homemade Hard Taco Shells
Recipe by Lynn Wise
4.5 pound pork loin roast, visible fat trimmed
12 ounce can Coke Zero
1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce (I used mild)
2 teaspoons ground chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 cup brown sugar

- Mix together all dry ingredients and rub over pork. Set pork inside your crock pot.
- In a bowl, stir together Coke Zero and enchilada sauce. Pour sauce over pork in the crock pot. Place lid on top of crock pot. Set on low and cook 8-10 hours. Shred meat and let it sit in the sauce until ready to serve. 
Meal ideas: Tacos, burritos, taco salad, enchiladas, nachos, baked chimichangas, baked taquitos.
Hard Taco Shell directions:
- Preheat oven to 400*. Get out a 12 cup muffin tin. Put 5 corn tortillas in between muffin tins (see picture below). Bake approximately 10-15 minutes or until shells are hard. Fill with desired filings.

*Freezer friendly directions: Cook pork as directed above. Allow pork to cool. Put pork in a freezer friendly container or zip loc bag. Be sure to label the container or bag with the date. Freeze up to 3 minutes. When ready to use, remove from freezer and place in the refrigerator the night before. Warm pork in a saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave.
Just one more picture to convince you to make these soon..... ;-)

1 comment:

  1. Loved this! Had to use Dr. Pepper instead of Coke Zero (didn't have any in the house at the time) but still came out really good!