Friday, April 29, 2011

My Favorite Tacos

Okay - so if you actually happen to have a spare minute to plan ahead, I strongly suggest using a slow cooker!  Slow cookers are the best because with a little planning (and usually just a little time) you can throw the food in the pot, set it to cook and then come home to an already made dinner.  GENIUS!!

First things first - if you do not have one already, get yourself a slow cooker!  They are pretty much everywhere- Target, Walmart, Macy's, etc.  I have a pretty basic one - it just has a dial that turns to "off" and then "lo" or "high".  But there are some pretty fancy models that have gadgets that allow you to set the time the cooker turns off.  That would come in handy if your recipe calls for cooking at low for 7 hours but you will be gone for 9.

When I finally upgrade, I will probably check out at least these two:

Ooh!  Fancy - it has a thermometer!

But getting back to the point of this post.  Once you have your slow cooker, now you can make the most fabulous tacos ever, courtesy of REAL SIMPLE magazine!!

2 cups store-bought salsa, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
kosher salt
2 1/2-pound boneless pork butt or shoulder, trimmed of excess fat
18 corn tortillas
1/2 cup fresh cilantro sprigs
3/4 cup sour cream
lime, cut into wedges
  1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the salsa, chili powder, oregano, cocoa, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the pork and turn to coat.
  2. Cook, covered, until the meat is tender and pulls apart easily, on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  3. Twenty minutes before serving, heat oven to 350° F.
  4. Stack the tortillas, wrap them in foil, and bake until warm, about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, using 2 forks, shred the pork and stir into the cooking liquid. Serve with the tortillas, cilantro, sour cream, lime, and extra salsa.


  1. Wow, cocoa powder is an unexpected ingredient but this sounds delicious! I just LOVE my slow cooker, and am always looking for more no-fuss recipes.

  2. I love pork tacos, a nice change from the typical chicken or beef. I tried this recipe and it was so easy and delicious!


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