Tuesday is Taco Tuesday’s at our house. Learn how to make this delicious shredded pork tacos for dinner with Smithfield® Marinated Pork.
School is officially back in session and has been for our kids here in Colorado for the past two weeks. With driving the kids to and from school, helping with homework and doing all the other chores in-between, there really isn’t much time left for myself. I also have to think about dinner and what I can do that’s quick, doesn’t take up too much of my time, and in turn leaves me with some time to really enjoy with the kids before it’s time for bed. Tacos have always been a favorite of mine and as I mentioned, Tuesday’s generally taco night for us. With my list in hand, I decided to head to my local commissary to get my ingredients.
As a retired military veteran, I love beating the rush and taking advantage of the early bird shopping. It’s generally when most of the soldiers are at home after an early morning of PT and their wives or husbands are taking their kids to school, or are at work. I just love having the store to myself and taking my time through the aisles whilst looking for what I need without having to say “excuse me”.
My husband has been saying that we needed to change up our recipes and do “something different” every once in a while. So instead of the regular beef or chicken tacos, I decided that we were going to use pork instead. However, I had no idea what to expect in the pork department, and was I surprised. There sitting on the shelf were a variety of Smithfield brand marinated fresh pork, already prepped so my prep time is done for me. How much easier does it get than that? I couldn’t believe my eyes and my good luck. There was definitely going to be a change, and it was going to be shredded pork taco night!
Excuse my wrinkled shirt – ain’t nobody got time to look cute after dropping the kids off to school then heading to the supermarket.
With all the different flavors across Tenderloins, Loin Filets and Sirloins, how could I even begin to choose. Then right there in-front of me, I saw it! It was the Smithfield Slow Smoked Mesquite Flavor Marinated Pork Tenderloin, made from 100% fresh pork and packed with protein, I knew I had to have it. It was what we were going to have for dinner. So I grabbed three packages. I wanted to grab them all but I had to leave a few for the other shoppers. Don’t be greedy AnnMarie! I made it home, took it out the package, and the aroma was unbelievable. I placed it in my instant-pot and let it slow cook until it was time for dinner. I wanted it hot and steaming and while I wanted it then and there, I had to wait until dinner time.
This dinner will literally take you less than 30 minutes to make!
Shredded Pork Tacos
What You’ll Need
Smithfield Slow Smoked Mesquite Flavor Marinated Pork Tenderloin (or preferred flavor)
Taco Shells or Tortillas
1 Medium Tomato Diced
1 Finely Chopped Onion
½ Jalapeño Pepper Finely Chopped
2 Sprigs of Finely Chopped Cilantro
Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
Step 1: Place your Smithfield Marinated Pork along with your taco seasoning in your instant pot or slow cooker, and cook according to directions on your cooker. You can prepare this in advance so when dinner time is near it will be finished.
Step 2: Once your pork is finished, remove from your cooker and shred with two forks or your fingers.
Step 3: Fill your taco shells with your shredded meat and your desired toppings.
(You can store leftover shredded pork for another meal, the possibilities are endless.)
Now my family thinks I’m even more awesome, if only they knew that Smithfield was the real reason behind my amazing tacos. They even declared that my shredded tacos were the bomb and insists that I make them again. All in all, our Tuesday Taco night just got revamped. I got my meal done in less than 30 minutes and they got to spend more quality time with me. Doesn’t get any better than that!
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