Spicy Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos

It’s Taco Tuesday so you know what that means, spicy, smoked pulled pork tacos on the menu! I’m sure you all know how to make tacos but I wanted to share this quick and easy spicy pork tacos recipe. I picked up this great smoked pulled pork from Sam’s Club recently. If you’re not familiar with Sam’s Club, it’s a warehouse retailer run by Walmart and similar to Costco. They’re pretty much all over the US and sell products in bulk to subscribed members.

Smoked Pull Pork

The pulled pork is under the club’s signature brand, Member’s Mark and is available in the refrigerated meats section. I usually make my own filling for tacos but this is a great way to save time. The pork is already cooked and all you have to do is heat it up and serve! They also have hardwood smoked, pull apart chicken for $10 for a two pound package.

Member's Mark Pulled Pork package

The Prep

I just followed the instructions on the package for heating up the pork and while that was cooking, I prepped all the ingredients. I chopped up and diced the toppings for the tacos and then made a quick and easy guacamole.

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To make the guacamole, get a bowl and mix in the avocados, tomatoes, onion and cilantro, squeeze a half of lemon, then add salt & pepper to taste.

The Assembly

Just before the pork is done heating up, add the hot sauce and pull pork apart with a fork. Heat up the corn tortillas and assemble your tacos. I’ve made tortillas from scratch before but this time I just used Mission tortillas. I also like my tacos with simple ingredients; meat, onions, jalapenos & cilantro. A salsa isn’t necessary for this because you’ll want to taste the smokiness of the pork. Finish it off with a squeeze of lime.

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Bring it all together

Try these smoked pulled pork tacos and let me know what you think. It has crispy bits, it’s flavorful and so tender, you’ll think it came right off the pit! You’ll only need to use a small portion for a few tacos and save the rest for pull pork sandwiches. This is great for parties as well – set up a taco bar and let everyone make their own! Serve the guacamole with these blue chips, so delicious!

Is this something you think you’ll make? Would love to see what you make – tag me on Instagram or Twitter! XO

Tacos 24 Hours a Day

I’m on a mission to get back to Florida. They’ve been having great weather since I left! Hate that! A few days before I got there the temps were in the 80s but it was downhill from there. So another trip is in order to get a little sun, some beach time and some kick-ass tacos! Nothing fancy here at Tacos Al Carbon in West Palm Beach Florida but what you will get is authentic Mexican food. That simple and that good.

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Tacos for $2? I’ll take it!

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Tacos Al Carbon is also open 24 hours so when you’re starving at 3AM after a night of hanging out there are several locations to check out.

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This one is on Lake Worth Ave and has a huge outdoor seating area.

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Love the smell of roasted corn! Sprinkle a little chile pepper, crema cheese and you’ll never have plain corn on the cob again.

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The tortilla chips are homemade and they’re pretty thick so watch your teeth!

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The steak, chicken and al pastor tacos were well seasoned and so good that I forgot to take photos of them all! The guacamole is creamy and well-balanced flavors so you have to try that as well. Check them out if you’re in the area, you’ll thank me later.

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Spicy Pork Carnitas Tacos made with Slowcooker Pork Roast

Until recently, I had never used a slow cooker before. I’ve had one for over 8 years that my sister gave me because at first I thought I would use it for making hot-process soaps. Yeah, I used to make soaps and spa products years ago and had a small home-based business but the market was saturated with soap makers so put my energy elsewhere. Anyhow, I never used it….sorry sis…I’m sure she wants it back now! ha! BUT wait, I finally put it to good use and can’t believe I waited this long. Slow cookers and crock pots are AWESOME! You get to dump stuff in and walk away for hours. You can go to work and dinner is ready when you come back home or the gym, run a few errands, go buy those shoes you saw the other day and voila, mealtime! Why didn’t I do this sooner?

So I wiped off that dust and gave it a good scrub. I had been checking out a few recipes online for ribs, chili and stews but instead decided to make a pork roast, a pernil! Pernil is a traditional pork roast made for special events in Spanish Caribbean homes, it’s often made during the holidays, Easter or any party for that matter. The main ingredients are simple but the flavors are huge.

I quickly learned about the “mush” factor when making meats in slow cookers…not very appetizing. The skin doesn’t brown or gets crispy enough. What you can do is just finish the roast in the broiler for a couple of minutes on both sides and no one will ever know it was made in a slow cooker. Another great thing about cooking with a slow cooker is the meat is so tender it just falls off the bone!

I got a small pork roast, about 4 1/2 lbs so it could fit easily in my 8 qt slow cooker. That’s enough meat for 6-8 people but if you’re not cooking for that many like myself, you can save it in the refrigerator or freeze what you’re not going to eat right away. This way you can use the pork to make several types of dishes. I made pork (carnitas) tacos, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, had pork with ripe sweet plantains, there are so many options. Below are the tacos I made with just a little of the shredded meat.

In the next few posts I’ll show you the other dishes I made using the roast. You can get really creative with this and once you have a well seasoned roast you can kick up the heat how ever you like. The idea is to get cooking and get creative! I’m going to try a pozole as well so wish me luck!

Slow Cooker Pork Roast (Pernil)

4-5 lbs pork shoulder or butt roast
1 large onion, cubed
8 cloves garlic, minced
8 limes, juiced
2 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp Adobo

Mix garlic, lime, oregano, Adobo in a bowl and blend well. Spread mixture all over the roast. Really work it in and try to get it under skin. Poke holes in roast with a knife and stuff some of the mixture inside. Let roast marinate overnight in refrigerator.

Turn on slow cooker and set to high heat. Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray or use butter instead. Toss in the chopped onion so the roast can rest on top of the onions, this will prevent roast from sticking or burning. Add roast and pour all of the mixture over the roast, close lid and cook for 6 hours. You can also cook on low heat and let it cook for 8 hours instead.

Once roast is ready, carefully remove from cooker and place in roasting dish. Be very careful as roast will be very tender and you don’t want it to fall apart.

Broil roast for about 3-4 minutes on each side to brown the skin as shown above.

Pork Tacos

Shredded Pork Roast
Red Guajillo Pepper Sauce
1 small red onion, diced
1 small tomato, diced
1 tbsp cilantro
Cholula hot sauce
Lime wedge, juiced
corn tortillas

Toss the shredded pork with some of the red sauce in a pan and heat up a bit. Assemble your tacos by placing pork in tortilla, sprinkle with onions, tomatoes, cilantro, red guajillo sauce, hot sauce and squeeze of lime.

Taqueria Downtown: Spicy Food to Warm the Soul

It’s been a little damp here the past couple of days and unseasonably warm for December. Just really odd weather, cold and chilly one night and then it shoots up 20 degrees the next day. Now the weather folks are saying snow tomorrow! Huh?! Is this a sign of a frigid winter to come?

Well, if that’s the case, I’m ready. Gloves? Check. Shovel? Check. Dog friendly ice melter? Check. Easy access to one of the best Mexican food spots in the area in case I don’t feel like cooking? Check! Now I love to cook and will share many of my recipes but sometimes I just want to go somewhere and enjoy amazing food. So on chilly, cold, or wet day like today, I love to go to one of my favorite places for authentic Mexican food,ย  Taqueria Downtown in Jersey City, NJ

This place is no-nonsense though. You order at the counter, you grab a seat, the food is brought to you, eat and split. That’s it, nothing fancy, awesome food and it’s BYOB. Oh and they have their public list of 10 rules or commandments about not serving up “guacamole side shows” or fajitas, and foregoing the bright Mexican decorations which many have come to expect at Mexican establishments but not here which is fine by me. All I want is great food and pleasant service. Let’s start with the soup. The Pozole is a must and one of my favorites but unfortunately it’s only offered on weekends.

The Pozole is a red broth soup made with pork, cabbage, hominy and served with sides of diced onions, cilantro and lime for extra toppings. This soup is spicy hot and will definitely get your sinuses cleared! It’s on my list of dishes I need to learn to make. The Tortilla Soup is pretty awesome too, it’s a little creamy which is different than what I’m use to making but the flavor is so good and comes topped with crema, avocados and smokey, roasted peppers. I can’t wait to go back for more.

I don’t think I’ve ever had anything there that wasn’t delicious. The tacos are so good and are made using basic ingredients…meat, onions, cilantro and a homemade spicy salsa. That’s it and that’s all you need.

Good food on a cold, chilly, snowy, rainy, sunny or any day? Check. OK, now I need to go get some!