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Slow-Cooker Sweet Pork Tacos with Black Beans {Gluten-Free}


Ingredients

For the Pork:

  • 2 pounds of pork tenderloin
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar, not packed – just a loose 1 cup (or coconut palm sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce

For the Pickled Onions (optional):

  • 1/2 a red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup water

For the Beans:

  • 1 15oz can black beans
  • 2 cups chicken broth/stock
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Tacos:

  • Warm corn tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Feta or Queso Fresco Cheese
  • Shredded lettuce

Instructions

For the Pork:

  1. Combine the salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  2. Rub the spice mixture evenly over the pork tenderloins. Heat the oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add the pork and brown on all sides, 4-5 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer the pork to the slow cooker. Add the water, brown sugar, garlic, and hot sauce. Combine and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  4. Shred the meat before serving and mix with the sauce.

For the Pickled Onions:

  1. Combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, and water in a small bowl and stir until dissolved. Add the onions and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours. Drain onions before serving. Chill leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

For the Beans:

  1. About 30 minutes before you eat, drain and rinse the beans. Add to a small saucepan with the remaining ingredients. Simmer for 20-25 minutes. Drain the beans before serving.

For the Tacos:

  1. Place a corn tortilla on a plate. Top with some of the pork, black beans, lettuce, avocado, a sprinkle of feta, and a few pickled onions. Enjoy!

Notes

*I like to put all the components of these tacos in different bowls on the table and let people build whatever combinations they like!