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Sweet Pork Taco Bowls made with old el paso sauce, brown sugar and root beer. Your kids will be begging for more! ohsweetbasil.com

Pork is a pretty big deal in our house. We make carnitas, easy Hawaiian Pork, and bacon wrapped avocados. It’s pretty much the only thing our youngest will eat. But she doesn’t just want any pork, she wants shredded pork. Cue the eye roll… I mean, I’m glad she loves pork since we do too, but if we make anything else she is not at all interested. These sweet pork tacos were a huge hit, and I’m not going to lie, I kinda love that we can serve them in these new, little bowls  from Old El Paso versus shells that the filling just falls out of. Which is why I signed on with Old El Paso to bring you this recipe.

Sweet Pork Taco Bowls made with old el paso sauce, brown sugar and root beer. Your kids will be begging for more! ohsweetbasil.com

I grew up a very picky eater. I mean, no hamburger, no vegetables unless it was creamed carrots or creamed corn, no pizza, the list goes on and on. In many ways I kind of deserve it that my kids both started out crazy picky, and it’s a little funny that I ended up being a total foodie, and even owning my own business writing recipes considering that I lived off of bread and jam growing up.

I will admit that I would have tried these tacos growing up. They have brown sugar and rootbeer in them which were two of my favorites as a kid. Funny story though, I still love anything with brown sugar, but I actually don’t like pop anymore. Pop…Soda… whichever you call it (although I totally think pop is superior) I especially love how tender the meat gets from cooking low and slow all day, and that I don’t have to do a darned thing. I can just sit back, write a blog post and let everything do it’s job in the ol’ slow cooker.

Sweet Pork Taco Bowls made with old el paso sauce, brown sugar and root beer. Your kids will be begging for more! ohsweetbasil.com

Picky Eaters are Not Allowed

Anyway, back to picky eaters. Picky eaters are not allowed in our home. Ok, they are, but we do have a few rules to help solve the issue.

1. Everyone is kind and respectful regardless of what they think of the food.

2. Everyone has to try at least one bite of each item on the plate.

3. Separate meals will not be made-take it or leave it.

4. No dessert if you don’t eat your dinner

5. No snacks after dinner if you chose to not eat

I know, that probably seems a little harsh, but honestly it worked with our 7 year old. All she wanted was cereal for dinner and I had about had it. We made these rules and now her two favorite foods besides pizza and crepes are spinach and hummus. We weren’t ever mean, or forced her to shovel it all down the gullet, but I don’t run a restaurant and I was not going to allow my child to be rude about food. It worked, and then we had our second who hates all things food related and so we are starting over, but we are making progress and I’m happy to say that she devoured, and I mean, even asked for seconds with this pork. AMAZING!

How Long Will Shredded Pork Keep?

Left over shredded pork should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

It will keep for 3-4 days.

Can Sweet Pork Be Frozen?

Yes, you should freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.

Sweet pork can be frozen for 2-3 months.

Are Tomatoes Healthy?

Tomatoes are a good source for antioxidants which have been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

Tomatoes are also a good  source of Vitamin C and K.

Sweet Pork Taco Bowls

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Sweet Pork Taco Bowls made with old el paso sauce, brown sugar and root beer. Your kids will be begging for more! ohsweetbasil.com

Sweet Pork Taco Bowls

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 8 -10 bowls
These sweet pork tacos were a huge hit, and I'm not going to lie, I kinda love that we can serve them in these new, little bowls  from Old El Paso


  • Old El Paso Taco Bowls
  • 2.5 pound Pork butt boneless
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup Old El Paso Roasted Garlic Sauce
  • 1 cup root beer

For the tacos

  • Medium cheddar cheese grated
  • Tomatoes chopped
  • Lettuce chopped


  • Place the Old El Paso sauce, brown sugar and root beer in a slow cooker.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add the pork butt and cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Remove the meat, shred it and place it back in the slow cooker for an additional 2 hours.
  • Heat the taco bowls in a warm oven, 350° for 2 to 3 minutes, fill with pork and top with cheese, tomatoes and lettuce.
  • Enjoy!


Leftover pork is great to use in other recipes like bbq sandwiches etc.
store in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Pork Taco Bowls
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 351
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 70.3mg23%
Carbohydrates 35.6g12%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 30.9g34%
Protein 20.7g41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • What is Old El Paso Roasted Garlic Sauce?
    And, where do you get it?
    Thanks, Donna

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  • I so want to make these tonight! Last night, I went to two grocery stores for ingredients and I can’t find the el paso roasted garlic sauce anywhere! Any idea on how to make it or some other brand or substitute that would work?? Thanks!

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  • Literal taco bowls. So cute! I had similar rules growing up and I think that’s whats turned me into such a good eater now!

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    • Yay!! That gives me hope that it worked for you too!

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  • We have those same rules at our house too, and I think that is why our kids will pretty much eat anything. Pulled pork is my absolute favorite way to eat pork too. Love the sweetness you added to it…and those little taco bowls are too much. I need to find them!!!

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    • They are totally awesome, right?

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  • Taco bowls are seriously one of the best dishes, so many options! I love this one, pork is a favorite in our house 🙂

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    • cause pork is the bomb.com 😉

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  • Mmmmmm pork. We love pork in our house too, particularly pulled pork so I’m sure this would go over very well. As of now Kellan isn’t a particularly picky eater. Once the dr. gave the OK that he could eat everything we ate that’s what he did. I’ve never made him something different then what we were eating. It seems to be working so far! One of his favorite foods so far is chicken curry with quinoa . And I kid you not when I put dinner on the table he always goes for the veggies first. Hoping this sticks!

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    • i swear it’s a boy thing. All of my friends with boys have no issues, but their girls are super picky. Thankfully it’s going away.

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  • These are perfect for my next taco Tuesday, I can’t wait to try them!

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  • taco bowls are cool – i’ve never been a fan of taco shells…

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  • I love your rules. I always tell my picky eater friends to take at least one bite before saying no. These taco bowls look so good!

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  • I completely agree with your food rules!

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  • I have picky eaters too and it is so, so, so hard. I was never that way so I don’t get it. Love your rules and this meat sounds amazing!

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  • We have the exact same rules at our house. We have a 1 1/2 year old, a five year old, and a seven year old. Basically it boils down to, eat it or starve. There are a couple things they don’t care for and I don’t make them eat it (squash for example), but they eat what we eat. People who make their kids “kid food” make me CRAZY. Seriously, you’re gonna eat this delicious meal and then heat up a corn dog in the microwave for your kid because they’re “picky”? Aaaaahhhhhhhh. It’s my BIGGEST soap box issue.

    The tacos sound bomb diggity and everyone at the table in our house would tear them up. :o)

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  • I recently made pulled pork in the crock-pot with Dr. Pepper and a little brown sugar. It was so good! It was sweet but not too sweet. I’ll have to try root beer next!

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  • How on earth do you get your kids to eat so good?!? My siblings are so picky and would never go near shredded pork! So crazy, so lame.
    Anyway, I love these bowls!! Tacos for life in my opinion!

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  • Omg – I’ve been craving root beer this entire pregnancy!! Love the idea to sweeten the pork!!

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    • That’s so funny because when I was finally eating again with both pregnancies I liked rootbeer and I hate pop!

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  • I HATE when the filling falls out of taco shells when you bite into them! These little bowls are such a cute idea – and also solve the problem.

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    • I do too! It really does bug me. Why have a taco if I’m eating it with a fork off of my plate?

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