Slow cooker Mexican pulled pork, or carnitas

This is a crowd-pleaser, and not just for cinco de mayo! I made it for my sisters birthday this past week-end and it was a big hit. The margarita’s helped….
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Ingredients

1 pork shoulder – 5-6 lbs
1 onion, peeled
1 orange, washed, and quartered
1 lime, washed, halved
1 tblsp cumin
1 bay leaf
1 tsp peppercorns
3 cups water

Preparation Instructions

Place all ingredients in a slow cooked on high, or in a dutch oven, covered, at 325. Cook 4-5 hours, or until meat is tender and falls apart.
Pull meat apart with a fork, and add 1/2 cup cooking liquid and salt to taste.
Serve with corn or flour tortillas, and your fave toppings- guacamole, grated cheese, fresh salsa, coriander, sour cream and cholula hot sauce.
Black bean, corn and coriander salad makes a great side dish.

Tortilla chicken soup

by Sarah S.’s book, Milwaukee, WI

Ingredients

2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large cans of fat-free chicken broth
2 jalepeno peppers, chopped or mashed
4 tsp. chili power
2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes (canned OK)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (or add to taste)
1 T. ground cumin
Salt to taste
4 (6-inch) corn tortillas
2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup Mexican cheese — (grated)

Preparation instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Heat a soup pot or Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add cubed chicken and saute 5 minutes or until slightly browned. Remove chicken from pot.

Add onion to pan, cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic; saute 15 – 30 seconds. Add chicken broth, jalepena peppers, and chili powder. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.

Stir in tomato and next 3 ingredients; add chicken. Cover and simmer another 20 minutes.

While soup simmers, cut tortillas into 1/4 X 2-inch strips. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer, and coat lightly with cooking spray. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle servings evenly with grated cheese, cilantro and tortilla strips.

Submitted by: Sarah S

Cowboy tacos

from Mandy D.’s book, Colton, SD

Ingredients

1 lb boneless pork loin, cut into 1-inch strips
1 (1 1/4-oz.) pkg. taco seasoning
1c salsa
1 (15-oz.) can spicy chili beans, undrained
1/4 c. apricot preserves
1c. cooked sweet corn kernels (opt.)
flour tortillas

Preparation instructions

In a shallow bowl, combine pork and taco seasoning. Coat hot frying pan with cooking spray and stir fry pork until no longer pink. Stir in salsa, beans, preserves and corn (if using). Reduce heat to low and simmer 10-12 minutes. Spoon mixture into flour tortilla shells and garnish with shredded cheese if desired.

Submitted by: Susan W

Quick chicken chili

from Mandy D.’s book, Colton, SD

Ingredients

3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, diced
1 (14.5oz.)can diced tomatoes with garlic & onion
1(1.25 oz) can chili seasoning mix
1 (15.25 oz.) can whole kernel sweet corn
1(15oz.) can kidney beans, drained

Preparation instructions

Combine chicken, undrained tomatoes and seasoning mix in medium saucepan. Cook over meduim heat 5 minutes, or until chicken is done. Add undrained corn and beans (drained). Simmer 15 minutes, or until heat through.

Submitted by: Susan W

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