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 make. 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.
|SHREDDED SALSA PORK TACOS||
- 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
- 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.
- 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: