I have to be honest about one thing today. I will apologize in advance for saying this, too. Okay, here goes. I could care less about the Super Bowl this year except for the excuse to make some yummy football food. I don’t even really care that much about the commercials.
There, I said it.
I will back up a bit. I would like to see the Ravens win because I lived in Baltimore for about 4 years and Jim is somewhat of a fan. He is actually a Redskins fan. But the truth is, I am a Bills fan and after 4 straight super bowl losses back in the 90’s I have just lost interest in the event.
Except for the food:-).
This pulled pork would be perfect for the game, especially if you don’t want to fuss. I used a pork tenderloin and wasn’t sure if the flavor would compare to using a pork shoulder or other fattier cut, but surprisingly I thought this was amazing. To me, Mexican food is about the bright flavors and this pork has just that. I used taco seasoning, a jar of good verde salsa and the juice of a lime and it was perfect. I also added in some shredded cheese at the end and that just brought the dish together.
This cooks in the slow cooker, but you could also use your dutch oven. I also think it would be great to take the pork at the end and put it under the broiler to crisp the edges a bit. Yum!
The other thing I have to say is that although I like chicken in Mexican dishes there is something about pork that just takes things up a notch or two. Kind of like the difference between shredded chicken for barbecue and shredded pork. I guess living in North Carolina for 5+ years makes me more of a pork girl:-).
I used a packet of taco seasoning, but if you would like to make your own seasoning you can find a good homemade version here.
I also am a big fan of Trader Joe’s salsa verde. If you like the salsa that they serve in restaurants then you need to try either their red salsa or salsa verde in the chip aisle. No preservatives, no thickening agents, no artificial colors and somehow its the best store-bought jarred salsa I have ever had. Go figure. Gotta love TJ’s.
We put the shredded pork on top of fajita wraps and then had different toppings for everyone to pick from. I liked mine with black beans, cilantro, crumbled cojita cheese, guac, salsa and chopped green onions. We also made quesadillas the next day. Lots of options!
So, I hope you enjoy the Super Bowl this year, whether it’s the game, the commercials or the food!
- 2 pork tenderloins - they usually come 2 to a package
- 1 packet of taco seasoning or make your own
- 1 jar of salsa verde
- juice from 1 lime
- 1-2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese blend
- Place pork, seasoning and salsa in slow cooker and heat on low.
- After 6-7 hours check pork and it should shred easily. I used two forks to shred.
- Add lime juice and cheese and cook for 1 additional hour.
- If you would like to make it crispier place pork on a sheet pan and broil for a few minutes.