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.
- Ready In:
- 6hrs 25mins
- 2 lbs boneless pork blade roast, trimmed of fat (may substitute boneless pork chops)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 1 (14 ounce) jar cactus pieces, rinsed,drained,and sliced (nopalitos)
- 1 yellow onion, sliced (rings separated)
- 3⁄4 cup ranchera salsa (or other salsa)
Suggested Serving Accompaniments
- fresh flour tortilla (optional)
- taco shell (optional)
- shredded lettuce (optional)
- shredded cheese (optional)
- sour cream (optional)
- salsa (optional)
- 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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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!
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!