Yesterday I summoned my inner Mexican and made tostadas with deliciously moist and savory shredded pork. I have no doubt that my wonderful Hispanic friends would laugh at how I decided to make the pork, but I thought it worked! And I didn’t cough for hours with the chili hovering in the air.
I also have no idea if Hispanics use crockpots to create their divine meat, but I am learning to just love crockpot recipes. The whole throw it in and walk away is totally spoiling me—and William. I am not sure what made me think of throwing boneless pork chops in the crockpot with a couple taco seasoning packets, but it made seasoning the meat a cinch! (And maybe people do this all the time!) I plopped 2lbs of pork in the crockpot the night before with taco seasoning and a bit of water, put it in the fridge to marinated overnight, and then had William turn on the crockpot before he left for school. When we got home in the evening, our meat was perfect! All we had to do was shred it, cut the veggies, heat up the refried beans, and munch away!
If you want a taste of easy Mexican heaven, give this quick tostada recipe a try!
Here is the recipe!
Easy Peasy Pork Tostadas
Makes about 15 tostadas (I ate three for reference…though I was pretty hungry!)
Time: 15 minutes to prep and 3-6 hours of crockpotting
2lbs boneless pork chops
2 packages taco seasoning (6 tablespoons of taco seasoning)
1 1/3 cup water
1 bag tostadas (hard corn tortillas that are flat!)
16oz Refried beans
1 head Romaine lettuce, thinly chopped
½ red onion, diced
2-3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1-2 ripe avocado(s), sliced
- Place pork in crockpot.
- Mix water and taco seasoning in a small bowl then pour it over the pork.
- Turn crockpot on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours. Shred pork and place back in crockpot.
- Cut up desired toppings and warm up refried beans.
- Layer your tostada with beans on the bottom followed by pork, cheese, lettuce, red onion, tomato, salsa, avocado, and then crema (or ranch or sour cream).
I also was thinking that smashing the avocado in a bowl and then slathering the avocado paste on your tostada could be a great bean replacer (saves you later, that’s for sure!) and calorie cuter. Avocados are full of good fat. I don’t really think that store bought beans are full of the “good fat.” I always cringe when I shake the beans out of their can, and they slurch (yes, that is not a word, and yes that’s what is sounds like) down the can and then plop (still canned shaped, mind you) in your pan. I don’t think that should be legal…
And excuse the picture. I didn’t really plan on taking one, and will probably switch it out when I have time, but I got the new iPhone 7 and it has a way better camera than the iPhone 5c. I just had to show it off J. Plus, we still have hundreds of paper goods from my book launch—and we use them every night.
I hope you all enjoy my new recipe! Let me know how it goes!