I found this family of carved wooden pigs at an estate sale.  They have no markings, but I would guess they were made in Mexico.  Cute little guys, aren’t they?

Naturally, they inspired me to make a pork dish, and I thought it might be fun to set them out on the table when I served it.  Well, the kids thought it was hilarious when they found them standing guard over the Shredded Salsa Pork Tacos I made for dinner.  They cracked themselves up rearranging the pigs.  There was pig stacking:

And the pig train:

You might have predicted that the pigs would end up arranged like this:

And because my kids are, in fact, kids, the pigs eventually wound up like this (most likely influenced either by watching our dogs or Sex in the City):

I don’t know whether the kids liked the Shredded Salsa Pork Tacos, but they were laughing so hard at their pig antics that they were gasping.  It was a fun meal.

This recipe is one of the easiest ones I know.  Although I usually shred my own lettuce, dice my own tomatoes and onions, grate my own cheese, churn my own butter (kidding — just seeing if anyone’s reading), you can just as easily pick these toppings up already prepared, cutting your prep time to about 5 minutes.

Recipe type: Main course, Pork
  • 1-1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup salsa or picante sauce
  • Flour tortillas
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Assorted toppings, such as grated monterey jack cheese, diced tomatoes, diced onions, pickled jalapenos, and diced avocados
  1. Trim tenderloin of any silverskin. Cut tenderloin into 2-inch pieces and place in a medium stock pot. Add salsa and beef broth. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered, until pork is very tender and shreds easily with a fork, approximately 1-½ hours. Using two forks, shred pork. Raise heat to medium high and continue to cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, approximately 5 to 10 minutes longer.
  2. To assemble tacos, fold tortillas in half and place shredded lettuce in tortillas. Top with shredded salsa pork, and add toppings as desired.

Lined up at the toppings trough



  1. I am cracking up over here – I love the pigs!!!! I could foresee my boyfriend rearranging the pigs in quite similar ways to your kids (some things never change). delicious sounding recipe – I can’t wait to try it!

  2. I am a charity shop junkie (pun intended) myself. My poor daughter’s whole house is furnished in my refinished finds but she seems to have an appreciation for them. Your pigs are adorable and your recipe looks delicious.

    • I think there’s a lot of secondhand junkies out there! I bet your daughter’s house is fun. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. The pigs made me laugh. Especially . . . um . . . their later positions. The pork made me hungry! You actually make me want to try cooking. PLEASE don’t tell my husband this!

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