Tacos are life. I love tacos. Seriously, tacos are my love language. What’s not to love? All it takes is placing amazing ingredients into a tortilla, and BOOM! A taco is born. You can make tacos out of anything, and I have yet to meet a taco I didn’t like. I love all tacos from the classic Tacos de Carne Asada to the Choco-Tacos I enjoyed as a middle school student cafeteria. But, as a mom, most weeknights, I just want a meal that my whole family will like, doesn’t break the bank, and is easy to make. For us, that is my Asian pork tacos.
Crock Pot Asian Pork Tacos
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Once in a while, we do taco night up proper at Doseck Manor. I marinate chicken and steak for a full day, we make some homemade queso verde and guacamole, and invite everyone we know. But most of the time, I am just a mom trying to feed my family. I am trying to appease the pallets of two adults and two small children, while not spending too much time in the kitchen and not spending too much at the grocery store.
When I am coming up with a new meal for our family menu, I ask myself some questions.
What is on sale at the grocery store this week?
Pork is one of my favorite meats to cook with, and for this recipe, I use a pork loin roast. The pork loin is less fatty than the pork shoulder cut, and it shreds really easily. This week at my grocery store, the pork loin roasts were on sale for less than $2.00 per pound! It usually comes in packages between three and four pounds, which is more than enough to feed every member of my family for at least three days.
What’s in my pantry?
This recipe uses simple seasoning that I can mix together in two minutes. Soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, and chili paste are things I always have on hand. You should too. These flavors can be used in more than just Asian food – they can elevate so many recipes.
Can I prepare the recipe in less than 30 minutes?
Enter the crock pot. I am a big fan of crock pot recipes, and if you are a mom, chances are you are a fan of them, too. I love than this recipe doesn’t require much prep. The meat is ready to go in the crock pot in five minutes, and the toppings for my tacos take about ten minutes total to chop.
Will my kids AND my husband like this recipe?
My family’s tastes vary greatly. My husband loves spicy foods, or anything he can completely cover in condiments. My son is the opposite; as a three year old, he has decided to assert his free will when it comes to what he eats. He is a super picky eater and only likes about 5 foods. My daughter is one and a half. She has yet to meet a food she doesn’t like, but I need to make sure she is able to chew it easily. My pork tacos make everybody happy, and that makes Mommy happy.
Can I possibly repurpose the leftovers?
Despite the classic Asian flavors used in this recipe, the pork is extremely versatile. It makes great tacos when paired with classic toppings like queso fresco, cilantro, and lime. I have also made it into tacos with American coleslaw, Asian Pear coleslaw, or pickled veggies. I have put it into stir fry and served it with rice. I have made it into sandwiches. I promise, you won’t get sick of eating this pork.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family did!