Pork Tacos

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In my efforts to reduce different habits and procedures in the kitchen this month, I’ve been spending the past few days not spending much time in the kitchen at all. That’s because I’m focusing on finding recipes that take 1/3 less time than usual.

This recipe definitely falls into that category! With a total prep time of about 2 minutes, I’d say this meal requires a LOT more than 1/3 less time. And I’ll admit, it really isn’t a recipe at all. I just can’t conisder anything that requires only 2 ingredients a recipe, can you?

I’ve always loved the combination of chicken cooked in salsa for Mexican meals. In fact, that recipe is one of the most popular on this site and it’s versatility continues to win hearts – mine included. I had never considered using pork in that recipe though. So instead of making that full recipe, I thought I’d just try the super easy, cheater version of that.

Basically, I just put 4 boneless pork chops in a baking dish, dumped a jar of salsa on top and then baked at 250 degrees for about 4-5 hours. Just before we sat down to eat, I shredded the pork and served it up with all the traditional taco fixings.

I know it sounds ridiculously simple (and it is), but it is so good! There’s just something I love about pork that’s been slow-cooked in the oven and shredded. Then when you add that texture and flavor to a taco shell…delicious!

I do have to share one more thing about this “recipe” though. I used a black bean & corn salsa instead of a traditional salsa. That made a huge difference in both taste and texture and I think it’s definitely part of what gave the pork such incredibly good texture. I’d definitely recommend trying it.

What’s your favorite meal to make when you’re looking to spend 1/3 less time in the kitchen?

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  1. This sounds so simple and easy. I bet I could also do the same thing in the crock pot. Come on over and link it up to Hunk of Meat Monday.

  2. Anna says:

    One of my favorite quick things to do in the kitchen is similar. I take salsa, canned beans, and already cooked meat (ground beef, shredded chicken, whatever is in the freezer) and put it in the crockpot or heat it on the stove. It makes a quick and easy chili, an it’s easy to adjust the flavor by using different beans, meats, or flavors of salsa.
    I like to serve it with fresh green onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, etc.
    It’s also a good one if you are expecting people for a meal, but you’re not sure what time. It can simmer in the crock pot or on the stove while you take care of other things- like the last minute cleaning of the house!

  3. Joanne Sheiman says:

    What perfect timing for me when I read your post on pork tacos! I made a pork shoulder over the weekend for another recipe, which only used a fraction of the shredded meat. I have been wanting tacos for several days, and am going to take some of the shredded pork I have (I have a TON) and throw it into the crock pot with some salsa and let it simmer for the day. VOILA! Pork tacos tonight! Thanks so much for inspiring me. I love your blog and read it all the time! :)

  4. Diana says:

    Sounds delicious! I’d love a recipe for the black bean/corn salsa, if you get a chance :) And I just might try this with my leftover pork loin I have in the freezer. Thanks!

  5. This pasta takes almost no time except boiling pasta and cooking bacon. I just dump the peas in frozen: http://www.vanderbiltwife.com/2009/07/family-recipe-fridays-d-hall-feta-pasta.html

    I recently created this fish recipe that I can have ready in 15 minutes! It’s amazing! http://www.vanderbiltwife.com/2011/04/tilapia-with-honey-tangerine-sauce.html

    Looking forward to seeing more of your quick recipes!

    Jessie

  6. Natalie says:

    Wow that is easy ! sounds good too ! definitely a great idea for company too. Love those kind of recipes ! and love your site.

    Keep up the good work, cause our family is enjoying some delicious new dinners thanks to your creativity : )

    Natalie

  7. Sonshine says:

    hey great recipe! super easy for sure!

    I have found that pork is a great sub for any chicken dish. I am not a big fan of pork cold though like in cold salads or sandwiches.

    Looking forward to seeing what quick recipes you share. I am always looking for quick things. :)

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