Taco-Ready Crock Pot Pulled Pork

It bothers me when I pile a bunch of delicious toppings into a taco shell while propping it straight up, and as soon as I let go, all the toppings fall out. This crock pot recipe solves that problem.

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I’ve seen similar shredded chicken recipes, but I’m a fan of the low maintenance pork tenderloin, so that was the nexus of this recipe:

In a crock pot, mix 1 large can of crushed or diced tomatoes with 4 tbsp taco seasoning and 1 bag of frozen corn. Add pork tenderloin and stir to cover loins with sauce. Cook on low for 6 hours. Pull meat apart with two forks and stir until blended.

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Since corn and tomatoes are already included, you technically don’t need to add toppings. But, we had ours with fuss-free shredded cheese and green onions.

The results were so delicious, I kept sneaking bites before dinner, David had spoonfuls on a plate for seconds, and Indy wouldn’t stay out of the kitchen all night.

Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice Crock Pot Pulled Pork

The Sunday crock pot chronicles continued with a pulled pork that was heavy on the cinnamon, but easy on the kitchen.

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Inspired by this pin, I combined 1-1/3 cup brown sugar, 3 tbsp olive oil, and 1 tsp cinnamon in a bowl. Meanwhile, I diced the remaining half of an onion from dinner last week. I also coated the bottom of the crock pot with a thin layer of olive oil, which turns out the aforementioned 3 tbsp was for (but you can’t really OD on olive oil, so no worries). Then I placed the two pieces of a pork tenderloin in the crockpot, sprinkled the onions around the sides and poured the mixture over the top. I cooked it on low for 6 hours, then shredded the extremely tender meat, and stirred it around to sit in its gooey goodness on the warm setting until I was ready to serve.

David not only went back for seconds, but definitely thirds and potentially even fourths. If you have a sweet tooth like he does, it’s a winner! For more savory-leaning palates like mine, I recommend serving it with plain rice to cut the sweet.

Lesson learned: beaucoup de olive oil equals ridiculously tender pulled pork.

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