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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Slow Cooked Shredded Pork - Infinite Possibilities

Slow Cooked Shredded Pork, Shredded Cheese, and Fresh Cilantro on Corn Cup "Gorditas"

Probably my most favorite way to cook a pork roast is in the slow cooker or crock pot and my favorite way to cook it is to just add a couple of simple things - salsa and brown sugar. Since you basically just put everything in the pot and walk away, it is a perfect choice for any upcoming parties for the Independence Day holiday - and believe me, everyone is going to love you for making it and you get to enjoy the day instead of being in the kitchen all day!

Recently, Nicole at M80 asked if I would like to try a sample of Pace's new specialty salsas I jumped at the chance because I had this recipe on my mind. I also realized that I have never shared with you how to do this so the timing couldn't have been more perfect.

Pace has actually always been the brand of salsa I buy. It was what I grew up on. Surprisingly though, I really don't just eat salsa - it is always something I use in something else. The perfect example is this recipe. It just doesn't get any easier than this! Start it in the morning and by dinner time you have infinite possibilities of what to do with it.

I chose to use the Pineapple Mango Chipotle Salsa from Pace's new line of specialty flavors this time around and it really added a nice sweet undertone to my usual recipe. The really great thing about this recipe is that you can do this with chicken or beef too. The chicken will take a lot less cooking time, but a beef roast takes about the same amount of time. It will all depend on your cut of meat. I use a pork loin roast because it doesn't have too much fat. If you use a cut with more fat, your cooking liquid will be too fatty to make a good sauce.

I say that this recipe has infinite possibilities because, once you have the shredded meat, there is just no limit to what you can do with it. I like to just eat it with a little cheese and sour cream in some fried corn tortillas, or you could make corn up "gorditas" as in the first picture. You could use it on pizza, nachos, in burritos or enchiladas, on a salad or on a sandwich bun. It is really up to you.

If you would like to WIN 2 bottles of salsa - 1 Specialty flavor and 1 Picante sauce - plus a recipe guide and a coupon for a free 16 oz jar of Picante sauce or salsa - from Pace just leave me a comment and tell me an idea for what you would do with your salsa. The winner will be chosen by on Sunday, July 5th.

Slow Cooked Shredded Pork
Original Recipe by Holly

1 3lb pork loin (not tenderloin) roast
1 bottle Pace Pineapple Mango Chipotle Salsa
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
Optional for added sweetness and flavor 1 can cola

Place the pork loin roast in the crock pot and pour the other ingredients into the pot on top of the roast. Allow to cook on low for 8 hours or until the roast falls apart and shreds easily. Add the shredded pork back into the pot with all the good juices and salsa liquid and serve warm on warm tortillas or as desired.

Recipe for Corn Cup "Gorditas"


Manggy said...

Well now, how could anyone not love that mango-pineapple salsa-- one of them is my absolute most favorite fruit (not hard to guess which one) and it's paired with a classic partner! I'm not sure if I am eligible for the prize (maybe have it sent to my family in the US), but I would DEFINITELY serve it with some sort of pork, like you did :) It just takes on the sweet/spicy so well! Grilled chicken is awesome too!

VK said...

I like salsa on eggs, chips, tacos, and in chicken for burritos, chimichongas, etc. But especially in Super Nachos.
We never have enough around our house because the Hubby says that salsa is the only think he knows how to prepare. ;)

Robin said...

I like to add Sour Cream to my Salsa and then shredded cheese. That's how I use it.
I would love to win. Love your blog.

Barbara Bakes said...

I've never heard of gorditas before. Sounds easy and delicious!

Jennifer said...

Honestly, I think I would just give the picante jar to my boyfriend with a bag of tortilla chips and tell him to go wild- he goes through the stuff by the jar!
As for the specialty, I would probably end up doing a pulled pork, as well, if for no other reason than I've been craving it for the last week. And since I'm a bigger fan of non-barbeque pulled porks, salsa would be perfect!

Kassy said...

I don't really know any cool ideas for the salsa, but we just love eating it with chips! Well, I do like to mix mashed up avocado, sour cream and salsa together to eat with the chips!

Rebecca said...

I would just throw it in the crock pot with pork as well. I'm a no frills cook, and that is one of our favorite meals. We put it in tortillas with a little bit of cheese, some tomatoes, and sour cream. MMmmmmmmm

Team Jensen said...

Honestly, we LOVE salsa at my house! I love to make enchiladas, guacamole, taco salad with salsa dressing, navajo tacos, etc. Mostly we love sitting picnic-style in the living room with a bag of chips while we munch it up! MMmmm! You've got me hungry on so many levels now! I'm going to have to try your pulled pork recipe. Sounds delish!!!

Janelle said...

This recipe sounds REALLY good. I think I would use the salsa to make this. Seriously.

Frieda said...

I'm like you...I don't normally eat salsa by itself, but used Pace's recipe for Taco Delight, which is SO easy to make! I didn't realize that Pace made specialty sauces...I will definitely try the pork recipe you have here; it looks so good!

What's for Supper? said...

This looks so good. I will have to try this next week!

Diana said...

What a great idea! My favorite use of salsa is a dip by mixing it with a little sour cream. I also love seven layer dip, and eat it with omelets.

Jessica B said...

Here's my favorite thing to do with salsa. I love to marinate chicken breasts in salsa, olive oil, garlic, lime juice, with bell peppers and red onion. Then grill the chicken and veggies and slice them up for fajitas. It is so yummy and easy!

Deborah said...

This sounds amazing - and so easy!! I am a total chips and salsa girl. I could eat it every day!

Cassidy said...

I love salsa! My favorite thing to do with regular salsa is to mix it with Velveta cheese and make a dip. Naughty but soooo yummy!

Jaime said...

oooh I hope I'm not too late - this recipe looks great and I would love to try it!

AmyRuth said...

Yummo Holly, pretty late for the prize but a big fan of salsa here, the home made type and love corn tortilla's with chipotle sour cream. That's about it. Thanks for the recipe too.

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