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Mexican Shredded Pork Tacos / Crock Pot

Hello! I have not fallen off the face of the earth, it has just been super busy in our household. Daughter Katy has her in person interview today in San Francisco at the Spanish Consulate to get her student visa. There was so much paper work we had to get together for this interview and it took many trips to multiple State offices to get it all accomplished. Today she went with two other students from her University and they booked their appointments one after another so they wouldn’t have to go alone. Smart kids!

Now we have to get ready for our vacation as we leave this coming Sunday. I have a list of things to buy, things to do, things to pack, and so forth. I just have to see it all in writing and I have a sense of accomplishment when I can check things off my list. It is the same with my healthy lifestyle. I like to have my healthy meals planned, know what I am doing for exercise and strength training. Keeping a journal of my food and exercise keeps me accountable to myself and gives me a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day when I see how well I did. Oh and speaking of exercise be sure to check back on Friday when I share a new summer work out I have started! I am so excited to post about it! My food and exercise are in check and I continue to see my body getting smaller, stronger and I feel more fit than ever. It really is an awesome feeling. There is no taste of any food that can compare with feeling good in your own skin!

Speaking of planning meals the other day I decided I wanted pork tacos instead of the usual Mexican shredded chicken I make. I dug in the freezer and found a package of boneless pork chops so I threw them in the crock pot with some garlic, spices and salsa. Talk about easy and delicious. The only problem was we wished there was more, it all got eaten at that one meal! It was so good that I am making it again today! I was inspired by some recipes I saw for pork carnitas but I didn’t want to use a fatty pork shoulder. The lean pork chops worked perfectly and that is what I am using again today. The crock pot does all the work and my kitchen stays nice and cool.

 

We bought these uncooked tortillas at Costco. Esau a friend of my daughter Katy’s recommended them to us. They taste so much better than the ones you buy at the grocery store. They are simple to make too. Just heat up a skillet and brown the tortillas one each side. I prefer corn tortillas for myself but the rest of the family likes flour tortillas and now they only want these freshly made ones! If you want a good salsa recipe check out the two recipes I posted earlier here.

I made my tacos on corn tortillas with a little fat free re-fried beans, salsa, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, avocado, fresh cilantro and not pictured a dollop of light sour cream. These are simple and delicious, the pork is full of flavor and so moist. I am so looking forward to tonight’s dinner!

 

Mexican Shredded Pork Tacos / Crock Pot

  • 2 pounds boneless pork chops, trimmed of fat
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Adobo seasoning or to taste
  • 1 cup Salsa
  • 1/2 cup water

Spray crock pot insert with nonstick spray. Add all of the ingredients and cook on high for 4-5 hours (or low for 8 hours) or until tender. Check after about 3 hours to see if you need to add more water, I added another 1/4 cup water at this point. When the pork is tender, remove the bay leaves, remove the pork to a plate and using two forks, shred the pork. Place it back in the crock pot and stir into the juices. Serve with your favorite tortillas and taco toppings.

Yield: 8 servings       Serving Size: about 1/2 cup

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: 182 Calories; 11g Fat (54.2% calories from fat); 18g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 56mg Cholesterol; 192mg Sodium.

Old WWP 4 / New WWPP 5

Post updated 3/25/11

Do you keep a food or exercise journal?

Loving life and enjoying the changes in my body and my mind.

Tami

 

 


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  1. Kat says:

    This looks so good. Thank you so much for your recipes Tami.
    Good luck to Katy and have a wonderful vacation.

  2. Helen says:

    That looks yum. I’ve always like hard shell corn tortillas better too! In fact I really like the Ortega Whole Grain Corn Shells because they have only 110 calories, 6 grams fat, 16 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams fiber, 2 grams of protein for two shells!

    I am definitely a planner and always do better when I do so and then stick to it!

  3. Bringing Pretty Back says:

    THANK YOU for this recipe! I am so in love with my crock pot! I am going top make this tomorrow!
    Have a pretty day!~
    Kristin

  4. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    “There is no taste of any food that can compare with feeling good in your own skin!” – so true!

    I have been tracking my workouts on fitday for a while now and started tracking my food on there about a month or so ago. The food journal is not having the desired affect of making me eat better, but it is very interesting to see the numbers and percentages.

  5. LAF says:

    I made your recipe for turkey sausages / crock pot for Father’s Day and they were a huge hit!
    I will look forward to trying this one too, the meat turns out so tender, it’s hard to go wrong…
    Good luck to your daughter. I spent 6 weeks in Marbella, Spain and loved it.

  6. Diane Fit to the Finish says:

    Yum! That looks great. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I don’t use an exercise or food journal right now but have in the past.

  7. fittingbackin says:

    hehe love the instructions on the back! LOL Those tacos look GREAT – i’ve never cooked with pork!!

    I keep a food and exercise blog! :)

  8. Melissa says:

    That looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Jody - Fit at 52 says:

    Have fun on vacation! Yes, planning is key! If you do that, it all falls in place!

  10. Tish says:

    Mi fa venire aqua in bocca.–You’re making my mouth water. This one looks like a keeper. I’ll probably do mine in a taco salad, sans tortilla. Did you ever run into the old recipe that called for boiling your pork i (or chicken) n a diet soda? It made great pulled pork, for some reason.

  11. Kerri says:

    I love using my crockpot in the summmer! I’m going to try your recipe….I love mexican! Thanks!!

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