March Madness begins on March 14th and we’re getting you game-day ready. The next few weeks, we’ll be sharing recipes for game day entertaining that are both tasty and easy. Nothing is easier than a taco! Especially when everyone builds their own. Last year, we shared a BBQ pulled pork recipe for sliders that melt in your mouth. This year, we’ve got spicy tacos to get everyone fired up. Caution: these can get a little messy so make sure to provide extra napkins.
The slow cooker is the ultimate entertaining tool. It forces you to prep early which gives you time to get other things done and then voila! Your dish is ready! And you don’t even need to plate it. Serve whatever you cooked straight out of the slow cooker. This a) minimizes dishes, b) keeps the food warm and c) takes one more thing off your plate -- pun intended. These tacos take a little extra work towards the end of their cooking time. The meat needs to be shredded but in the scheme of things, it’s a hearty number that will fill your guests’ bellies so you don’t have to make as many options.
Start with a two or three pound pork roast. Pork shoulder is a nice cut for this but if there’s a deal for another cut at your store, choose that one instead. I go for boneless because it’s more meat but bone-in lends great flavor and works just as well. Add in all your ingredients. This recipe is a little spicier so if you’d like something more mild, cut the chili powder to 1 tbsp. and either omit or halve the amount of chipotle peppers you use. That’s where you’ll find the main source of heat. Serve with corn or flour tortillas and your choice of toppings. We like salsa, lots of cheese, sliced black olives, lettuce, corn, rice and more.
If you want to make this a little more contained and less messy, opt for burrito bowls instead. Whip up a batch of white or brown rice and have guests build their own burrito bowls. Serve with tortilla chips on the side for dipping if you’d like as well. If I’m being honest, I’m a burrito bowl girl myself. I love anything over rice, especially a spicy taco filling!
Pulled Pork Tacos
2-3 lb. Pork Shoulder
14 ounces Crushed Tomatoes
4 ounces Green Chiles
4 ounces Chipotles in Adobo Sauce, chopped
½ Red Onion, chopped
2 tbsp. Chili Powder
2 tbsp. Oregano
2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice of one lime
1 tsp. Cumin
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
Salt & Pepper
1. Cut the pork shoulder into two or three pieces. Place in the slow cooker. Add in all remaining ingredients, salt and pepper to taste. Mix together, cover and cook 4-5 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
2. Remove the meat to a plate and shred. Place back int the slow cooker. Mix together and serve with your choice of toppings. Let guests build their own.
What’s on your game day menu?