I’ve been on a crock-pot kick lately (thank you, Pinterest) and quite frankly, beginning to get a little tired of the slow-cooked food texture. There is a reason I like things deep-sauteed! Not to knock the slow-cooker! I’m totally in love with the ease and low stress dinner option it provides. Yesterday I put a big hunk of pork in to slow cook. How much easier could it be? It’s like waving a magic wand and VOILA! Pork tacos appeared!
Slow cooked pork = shredded pork and shredded pork = tacos ’round here.
I had half of a big package of pre seasoned HEB Pork Fajita meat (probably about 2 lbs) in the freezer left over from another dinner. After several hours in the crockpot, it falls apart and shreds beautifully. The meat is already pre seasoned, but if I was going from scratch I’d add in onion and garlic powder, cumin, black pepper and a pinch of salt OR a premixed pork fajita seasoning.
We like our pork tacos on soft white corn tortillas with cabbage and queso fresco, a mild white crumbly Mexican cheese. I wanted to add a little more flavor and something sauce-y as a topper. Enter the Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch sauce/dressing/drizzle/goodness.
Crema Mexicana is a really yummy cream sauce on its own – perfect for drizzling on top of a multitude of yummy foods in lieu of a have sour cream or other topping. It is not tart or tangy like sour cream and much lighter than mayonnaise. The cilantro and lime juice an zest really bring some “pretty to the party” with an acidic bite and zing. The Ranch seasoning and cumin make it a well rounded flavor experience and the garlic (mince it REALLY finely or use a microplane or grater to pulverize it) adds a spiciness without heat. Combine all the ingredients together and allow them to mingle for a while before serving. The amounts given are enough for 5 – 10 tacos when used as a drizzle. Double or quadruple as necessary!
And FYI – I got to try Hidden Valley Ranch products as part of a BzzAgent campaign. Hidden Valley Ranch provided free samples of their product. All opinions and recipes are my own and are not influenced by anything other than my taste buds. xx