Fool your friends “fancy” taco’s

Do you ever have those weeks that just draaaaaag on? One of life’s worst tricks, when you’re sure it’s Friday but it’s really only Thursday.  I had a customer at work enlighten me a few weeks ago with a funny little acronym….. SHIT (Shoot Honey It’s Thursday).  So appropriate this week!  Maybe it was the 4 day exercise challenge I gave myself, or maybe it was working 5 whole days after 2 weeks of 4 day work weeks…or maybe it’s because I’m a working mama with an energetic 2 year old! Either way I needed an easy, yet delicious dinner to fit the bill tonight to make up for forgetting to make our usual Friday night pizza dough.

This recipe is a family fave around our house, it’s simple, inexpensive, and oh so tasty.  With a few simple ingredients you can create a delicious masterpiece that will have your taste buds raving, and your friends and family fooled!

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Family Style Pork Taco’s with Lime Cilantro Cabbage slaw

aka Taco’s al Pastor ~ 4 servings

adapted from Food & Wine magazine

1  1/2 TBSP Chile Powder

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp cumin

1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper

pinch of cinnamon

pinch of allspice

1 1/2 # pork tenderloin or pork sirlion tip roast (ground pork, or turkey would work in a pinch)

1 medium white or yellow onion, chopped

2 TBSP cider vinegar

2 TBSP minced cilantro

3 TBSP olive oil

1 cup shredded mozzarella

Sixteen warmed 6-8 inch flour or corn tortillas

Mashed avocado, salsa, sour cream and lime wedges for serving (optional)

In a small bowl mix the first 7 ingredients

Chop pork loin and onion into large pieces. Pulse in food processor until roughly chopped into medium size pieces

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Heat 3 TBSP olive oil in a heavy bottomed skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat, once hot add pork and onion mixture

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Sprinkle spice mixture assembled in step 1 on top of the meat and brown. You don’t want to over cook the pork, be careful and brown just until cooked through.  Finish with the 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar and 5 TBSP minced cilantro.

Heat tortillas at 400’F, I usually just toss them on the oven rack for about 3-5 min right before serving.

Assemble taco’s and top with mozzarella, avocado, Lime Cilantro Cabbage slaw and any other optional toppings you see fit.

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Lime Cilantro Cabbage Slaw

4 cups green cabbage, shredded

2 cups red cabbage , shredded

1 cup carrot, shredded

2 TBSP minced cilantro

1 garlic clove minced

1 lime, juiced

1 tsp kosher salt

toss shredded veggies with salt, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice.  Let sit for 20 min then serve on top of taco’s,  it also makes a great salad side dish.

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Simple, fresh, and delicious!  I hope your family enjoy’s them as much as mine.