Monday, February 15, 2010

Mexican Shredded Pork in the Slow Cooker

Last year I made traditional pulled pork sandwiches from Make it Fast, Cook it Slow. The pork was some of the yummiest I ever made, so naturally when I took a 2 pound boneless pork loin from the freezer I thought of making it again.

Only, I didn't have anything to put pulled pork sandwiches on and there was some soon to expire chorizo in the fridge. So, I decided to get creative with my stash of Red Gold tomatoes and go Mexican! I sprayed the slow cooker insert and threw in the following ingredients in order, then crossed my fingers it'd work out! Thankfully, it did!!

1 onion, halved and sliced
1 tube (about 1 cup/8 oz.) of chorizo *see note below
2 lb. boneless pork loin (mine was still a little frozen)
14.5 oz. can of Red Gold diced tomatoes with green chiles

This cooked on high for around four and a half hours (you could also cook it on low for 8-10 hours) until I removed it to a big bowl and shredded with two forks. Return to the crockpot and mix with the sauce, sausage, and onion until everything is incorporated.

*Note on chorizo: I did not pre-cook and drain my chorizo this time, but will in the future. I was able to strain off a lot of the fat with a spoon, but felt it could have been healthier.

We served on warmed tortillas and it was shockingly delicious. Seriously, one of those meals where I'm sitting there, chewing in disbelief that my own two hands created it!

And, trust me on this, add a dollop of sour cream and it brings the flavor up a million notches. I can't explain it, but just that one, simple topping knocked this one out of the park. Both Johnny and I absolutely loved it as is, but were rolling our eyes back in foodie ecstasy once the sour cream was added!

You can win some Red Gold products of your own! Just enter my giveaway before Wednesday, February 17th!


Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

I love how you say "shockingly delicious!"

I get the same way when I put something together and it works out great! I will definitely try this for sure!

Nonnas News said...

Wow this sounds really yummy!!

Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats said...

I do a similar dish in the crock pot with chicken and a can of diced tomatoes/chilies. But, this one sounds better! I love anything wrapped in a tortilla.

Nowheymama said...

This looks great, and I love that cookbook! Thanks again!

sophia said...

I was debating between getting a slow cooker of my own, or doing a giveaway instead. The giveaway won, but dang, I think I'm regretting my selfless decision....T__T

Anonymous said...

Just from the title, I know I wanna try this recipe! Yum!

A@ Please Don't Eat Me! said...

oh man oh man oh man.. im DROOLING over here!!!! this looks SO freakin good!!!!!!!! gahhhhhhh.. when is it lunch time?! lol

amazing pics too- did you get a new camera?!

Alisa said...

I was just thinking yesterday about doing a pulled pork dish with tomatoes and spices. Sans chorizo and the tomatoes with chilis (I only seem to have the regular canned tomatoes all the time) I wonder what spices would work really well to jazz it up.

Anonymous said...

Instead of sour cream, I love to add just a dollop of homemade ranch dressing to pretty much any spicy dish (but especially tacos and the like). It's super tasty and can add another layer of interesting flavor ;)

MrsJenB said...

WOW! Looks and sounds incredible. I am so glad that I'm not the only one whose eyes roll back in foodie ecstasy - sometimes my own passion for food scares even me!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

The chorizo in the sounds awesome, nice tip to cook and skim fat first. Thanks!

annies home said...

all sounds delicious