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.
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.
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
- 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.
Leftover pork is great to use in other recipes like bbq sandwiches etc.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 351 Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 70.3mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 35.6g Fiber: 0.3g Sugar: 30.9g Protein: 20.7g