Saturday, January 31, 2009

Perfect Pork Taco Meat

No picture on this post. Simply didn't think of it. This was a hit - I took it in to a family in the ward, and fed my own family plus a few extras and still had leftovers. The way I'll post it is for the amount I'd normally make, rather than the 3x batch I made yesterday. This is very flavorful, tender and not spicy. If you'd like to crank up the heat, add more chipotle chili powder to taste once it's done cooking. I find that with slow cooker recipes, all the flavors mellow substantially and often need to be revived just before serving.

2 1/2 - 3 pound boneless pork loin roast
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 T. brown sugar
1 t. each cumin, coriander, chili powder
1/2 t. each salt, chipotle chili powder, garlic powder

Lightly mist your crock pot with cooking spray, then lay the pork roast in the bottom. Pour the vinegar over it, then sprinkle the sugar and seasonings evenly over the top. Set it to low and walk away for 8 hours. It's ready when you stick a fork in it and it just falls apart. Shred it and let it soak up the juices for 20 minutes or so before serving, and adjust the spiciness according to your taste.

Serve on warm tortillas with:
Lime cilantro rice (rice cooked with a pat of butter and a dash of salt, then minced cilantro and lime juice stirred in at the end)
Black beans (seasoned with a dash of cumin and a splash of lemon juice if desired)
Cheese (of course!)
Sour cream

So delicious, and a wonderful meal to take in to other people since they can assemble it the way the want. And it beats the pants off another pan o' casserole.

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