Crock Pot Pulled Pork Taquitos Recipe

Ingredients

For the pulled pork

  • 3-4 lb boneless pork shoulder (also called pork butt)
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce

For the taquitos

  • 12-18 small corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or your favorite melty cheese)
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying

Optional toppings: sour cream, salsa, guacamole, chopped cilantro

Instructions

1. Prepare the pork

  • Trim excess fat from the pork shoulder.
  • Combine paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture evenly over the entire pork shoulder.

2. Slow cook

  • Place the seasoned pork shoulder in your slow cooker.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and BBQ sauce.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours, until the pork is fork-tender and shreds easily.

3. Shred the pork

  • Remove the pork from the crockpot and transfer it to a large bowl or cutting board.
  • Using two forks, shred the pork into bite-sized pieces.
  • Return shredded pork to the crockpot and toss to coat in the sauce.

4. Assemble the taquitos

  • Warm the tortillas in the microwave (wrapped in a damp paper towel) for about 15-20 seconds to make them pliable.
  • Place a spoonful of the pulled pork mixture and a sprinkle of cheese in the center of each tortilla.
  • Roll the tortillas tightly and secure them with toothpicks if needed.

5. Fry the taquitos

  • Heat about 1/2 inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Carefully add the taquitos to the hot oil, seam side down. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove the taquitos and drain on paper towels.

6. Serve

  • Remove toothpicks (if used), and serve warm with your desired toppings like sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and fresh cilantro.

Tips

Type of Tortilla: Corn tortillas are traditional, but flour tortillas work too!

Freezing: Assembled taquitos freeze well before frying. Freeze on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag. Fry straight from frozen, adding 1-2 minutes to the cooking time.

No Crock Pot? Cook the pork roast in the oven at 325°F for 3-4 hours, tightly covered, until very tender.

Flavor Variations: Add smoky flavor with liquid smoke, kick up the spice with cayenne pepper, or replace the BBQ sauce with your own creation!

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