Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Taco Bowls

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Taco Bowls

I grew up in a house where sitting down around the table for dinner as a family was extremely important. It not only brought us together, but allowed us to unwind and discuss our day and the week ahead. Now that I have my own little family, I look forward to continuing this tradition. However, with busy, and sometimes opposite, work schedules and long commutes, doing so is sometimes easier said than done. So, when we do get the opportunity to enjoy a meal together, it is especially cherished. 

One of our favourite summer family activities is to visit the local farmer's market. My husband and I love creating new recipes made with only the freshest, local ingredients inspired by our market visits. We can't wait to introduce our daughter to this summer activity and create recipes that, in the future, she enjoys to eat as well. 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Taco Bowls

One of our favourite family cuisines is Mexican. Not only is it simple to make (perfect for this busy family), it is so varied - from tacos to enchiladas to rice dishes - and is often accompanied by fresh produce. On a recent trip to the market with my little family unit, I was inspired by the locally grown and raised onions and pork to create these delicious pulled pork taco bowls. If you're into fresh ingredients, supporting local, slow cooker meals or just trying something new, this recipe is for you. It may look like a lot of ingredients, but trust me, using the slow cooker makes it easy - just set it and forget it - giving you more time to enjoy with your family. 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Taco Bowls

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Taco Bowls
Serves: 4 

Ingredients:
Pulled pork:
  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 127mL can of OLD EL PASO chopped green chillies
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1-2 cups chicken stock

Toppings:
  • 2 avocados, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 2 limes, sliced into wedges
  • green onion, cilantro or parsley (optional garnishes)
  • 8 OLD EL PASO tortilla bowls

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Taco Bowls

Directions:
  1. Combine the seasonings (chilli powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper) to make a dry rub. 
  2. Pat dry the pork and rub on the seasoning mixture.
  3. Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet on high heat. Brown the pork on all sides.
  4. Immediately after removing the pork from the pan, deglaze with a bit of stock or white wine. Add the deglazed bits to the slow cooker.
  5. Add minced onion, green chillies, chicken stock and pork to the slow cooker. Set on low heat and allow to cook for 6-8 hours. 
  6. Once pork is cooked, use two forks to shred. Toss shredded pork in liquid to combine. Keep warm in the slow cooker.
  7. Meanwhile, combine mayo and sriracha to make a spicy mayo sauce. 
  8. Warm OLD EL PASO tortilla bowls in the microwave for approximately 10 seconds to soften.
  9. Assemble the bowls by layering pulled pork, shredded cabbage, sliced avocado and drizzle of spicy mayo. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped green onions, sprig of cilantro or parsley and wedge of lime.
  10. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Taco Bowls

I like to use pork tenderloin in the recipe because it is a relatively inexpensive cut of pork. However, it is also very lean, which means you may need to add additional liquid (stock) to the slow cooker throughout the cooking process.

OLD EL PASO tortilla bowls can be found at your local Loblaws in the Mexican food aisle. They are easy to fill and eat, and can be used for a variety of recipes and meal occasions - perfect for bringing the entire family together!


Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Taco Bowls


What is your favourite family meal? What would you add to OLD EL PASO tortilla bowls?