Prickly Pork

Prickly Pork created by FLKeysJen

This is a rather unusual recipe that I came up with using the crockpot with outstanding results. You can serve this up alone, in taco shells, or soft tortillas...any way, the result is great! Nopalitos (cactus pieces) have a flavor that is all their own, but can be kind of like a mild artichoke flavor and if it is spiced in the jar, can have a little green chile taste. You can get the nopalitos in the Mexican section of your supermarket or any Mexican grocer.

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6hrs 25mins
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  • Cut roast into large chunks and either season roast (or chops) with salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, and oregano.
  • Place meat in the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Cover meat with rinsed/drained/sliced nopalitos (cactus) and sliced onions and top with salsa.
  • Cover crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours or until pork is cooked through, tender, and pullable with fork.
  • Strain meat and vegetables from crockpot.
  • Using 2 forks, shred meat and mix with vegetable mixture (may add some of the juice from the crockpot if you like it more moist) Serve shredded meat mixture as desired: with tortillas, taco shells (with or without toppings), or alone.
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"This is a rather unusual recipe that I came up with using the crockpot with outstanding results. You can serve this up alone, in taco shells, or soft tortillas...any way, the result is great! Nopalitos (cactus pieces) have a flavor that is all their own, but can be kind of like a mild artichoke flavor and if it is spiced in the jar, can have a little green chile taste. You can get the nopalitos in the Mexican section of your supermarket or any Mexican grocer."

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  1. Chef Dartha
    This is a great recipe to put together before going out the door to work. I've only used the nopalitos in a salad. Thanks for sharing.
  2. FLKeysJen
    Terrific invention, and love the name! This is fabulous, and so easy. I used a lot more spices than the amounts given. Don't be scared by the cactus...it's really good!
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  4. MamanOf3
    Excellent recipe! I used the spicey cactus and a mild salsa. Even with the mild salsa, the dish was very spicy. I cooked the recipe on high in my crockpot as I didn't have 6 hours until dinner, and the pork came out tender. Also, this way, the pork didn't have time to absorb the fiery flavor from the sauce, so I could pick out just the pork for my young children. Great family recipe!
  5. moxie
    Great, tender pork, and I really liked the addition of nopalitos -- they are so common in the supermarket here, but I never know what to do with them, lol. The ones I got were spiced, so between that and the other spices, this dish had a great amount of heat. Good tacos, and I plan to use some of it in taquitos, too. Thanks for a novel and tasty recipe!
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