Crockpot Spicy Pork Tacos

So yummy and so easy!! I told myself this past weekend that I need to start making it easier on myself and start using the crockpot more often. This delicious masterpiece was the result!  

Here’s what you need to combine in the crockpot:

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 15 oz jar of medium salsa (my personal favorite is Wegmans organic)
  • 2 jalapeƱo peppers, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbls brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp chili pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • S&P

Mix everything together in the crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred the pork and cook another 1/2 hour – 1 hour. 

Toppings and accessories: Use all or just a few. The * are what I used. 

  • Whole wheat soft taco shells *
  • Avocado *
  • Red onion, diced small *
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded *
  • Hot sauce, if desired (Deathwish is my FAVORITE!) *
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream

Place the shredded pork on a shell, put the toppings on and enjoy!

Here’s a peak at what it looks like after shredding: 

 

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Inspired by Turkish Kofta

I was recently introduced to Turkish Kofta and found it is really what I knew to be meatballs, just with a Turkish cuisine spin. Traditionally, they are made with ground lamb or beef and, the recipe I saw, served with a spicy tomato sauce. I opted to go healthier and chose a combination of turkey and pork. I was also pressed for time and used organic ketchup with a splash of hot sauce. 

Honestly, I didn’t know how these were going to turn out because I literally used what I had in the fridge to make them. I don’t have any picture other than one I took when I was packing the leftovers. I never anticipated they would be so delicious.   

These are so easy to make. My prep time was about 15 minutes. 

What you need:

  • 1lb Ground Turkey
  • 1lb Ground Pork
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese 
  • 3 Splashes of Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Cup Cubed White Bread, Crust Removed (not prepackaged, fresh bakery bread that is a couple days old)
  • 1/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Handfuls Toasted Pine Nuts
  • 1/2 Medium Onion, chopped small
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Olive oil spray 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients together except the olive oil. Make small patties or balls out of the mixture (I made patties). Spray a sheet pan with olive oil spray lightly and place the patties on it. Bake for 20 minutes or until they are cooked through and slightly browned. It really depends on how big you make them. Serve with ketchup, spicy ketchup, or eat plain. 

If you’d like to see what inspired me, click here.

Enjoy!