Shredded pork tacos often involve cooking a fatty, large pork shoulder or butt roast, which can be intimidating and difficult to maneuver. For an easy and lean version, try using a lean pork tenderloin. Seasoned with a packet of your favorite taco seasoning and cooked in your slow cooker yields flavorful and beautiful tacos with little effort. I also used low carb tortillas making this even healthier.
Easy Lean Shredded Pork Tacos
Serves 3-4, 2 tacos per person
Special Equipment: Slow Cooker
Prep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 3 1/2 hours on low
1 pound lean pork tenderloin
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 packet taco seasoning mix, divided
1/2 cup chicken broth
8 low carb tortillas, regular size (I used La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Original Tortillas)
Optional garnishes: chopped cilantro, chopped onion, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream/Greek yogurt
Heat a large cast iron or regular skillet on stove over high heat.
Remove pork tenderloin from wrapper and rub with olive oil first, then rub half of taco seasoning packet to coat well and set aside. Reserve remaining half of taco seasoning.
|unwrap pork tenderloin and rub olive oil all over to coat|
|use half of taco seasoning packet and rub all over to coat|
In slow cooker set to low, add chicken broth and remaining half of taco seasoning and stir till well mixed. Set aside.
With tongs, carefully place coated tenderloin in hot skillet, sear for approximately 45 seconds - 1 minute per side.
|carefully place coated tenderloin in hot skillet|
|quickly sear on each side, this is a little too brown|
Using tongs, remove from skillet and place whole seared tenderloin in mixture inside slow cooker set to low and place lid.
Cook for approximately 3 1/2 hours, until tenderloin easily shreds with a fork. Be careful not to leave cooking too much longer since most of the liquid will be absorbed by this time. You may add additional chicken broth if needed to keep moist.
Using two forks, shred pork tenderloin and mix well.
|shred with two forks|
Turn slow cooker to warm until ready to serve.
Warm low carb (or your favorite) tortillas, top with shredded pork and your favorite garnishes like: cilantro, onions, cheese, sour cream. And depending on your mood - pop the top on an ice cold Pacifico beer and enjoy with lots of fresh squeezed lime.