Pulled Pork Walking Tacos

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First, I need to get something out of the way. Isn’t my boy adorable? Look at those eyes. That face. That smile. This boy melts my heart. Now, let’s talk about what he’s holding in his hands that’s causing that smile.

It’s that GO GO GO GO time of year.  Everything from buds on trees to school schedules is running at breakneck speed toward an explosion of greenery and excitement. Snow has melted here and whether it stays that way remains to be seen, we ARE in New York State after all. The kids, however, are busy puddle jumping, creek stomping, tree climbing, and biking like it’s their job. I suppose it is.

Busy days and activity filled evenings are the standing order. Sometimes you just gotta meet the challenge with a walking taco.

Right about now, there’s a big part of the Central U.S. saying, “You betcha!” and quite a few other folks scratching their heads. A Walking Taco, as I have known it, is a snack sized bag of Fritos (!) or Doritos (?) that is sliced open down the side and piled high with taco toppings.

Yes, you must slice it down the side instead of popping it open in the usual way. Observe my hand model with the filthy-playing-outside-all-day nails.

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Why do it this way? Well, it’s for fittin’ in all the stuff, of course. Just look at this spread.

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This standard of high school football, baseball, softball, and soccer games, wrestling matches, and community fundraisers is popular both for its ease of preparation and for the lack of additional serviceware needed for it. The chip bag forms the bowl, you pile in all the toppings that you possibly can and a plastic spoon or fork is all you really need to deliver the goods where they’re intended to go.

Since by this point you probably know I’m more than a little fixated on pulled pork (see examples here, here, here, and here) and I’ve waxed on and on about making a ridiculously inexpensive huge amount of pulled pork to keep in the freezer (examples here and here) I’ll spare you that harangue this time around. I’m going to go ahead and assume you have a stash in your freezer or have plans to make some soon. If you don’t, I’m pretty sure you’re aware you can make it easily ~or~ you have a source for purchasing pre-made pulled pork. Any which way you shred that pork shoulder, a Pulled Pork Walking Taco is sure to make your entire crew gleeful.

Heck. It makes ME gleeful. You know how I feel about Fritos.

Can a meal get easier than this? Well, sure… if you call someone to deliver it, but even with the bagged chips, I’m thinking you’re still ahead when you make this at home. With a little creative insulated packaging, you could even take this on a day excursion or a trip to the park for a fast dinner.

What’s your favourite fast meal? Have you indulged in Walking Tacos?

XO

Rebecca

P.S. Here’s a free pro Walking Tacos tip; after you open your bag of chips, but before you start piling in the goodies, slightly crush the chips. This helps them to mix into whatever you add in the bag a little more easily.

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Pulled Pork Walking Tacos
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This is a Midwestern and Central US classic gussied up a bit; Fritos or Doritos in a snack-sized bag topped with Pulled Pork, sour cream, salsa, fresh cilantro, avocado cubes and whatever else your heart desires. These fun, portable meals please kids of all ages and make clean-up beyond snappy!
Ingredients
For Each Walking Taco:
Optional Toppings:
  • Shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • salsa
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped black olives
  • chopped avocados
  • guacamole
  • barbecue sauce
  • hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Slice the bag of chips open along the side rather than the top. Slightly crush the bag to break up the chips a little bit. Pile the pulled pork in and add as many toppings as you'd like. Pop a fork in there and eat immediately!

Giveaway Closed: Congratulations to Jennifer (comment beginning: “Other than fresh bread…”)! Check your email for information on your prize package!

P.P.S. About a month ago, I was invited to take part in a Kitchen Conversations webinar discussing trends in food that was put on by Land O’Lakes. Given my past work with Land O’Lakes, I was thrilled to say yes.

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The webinar featured top bloggers Ree Drummond a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman, Julie Deily of The Little Kitchen, Sommer Collier of A Spicy Perspective, Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod, and Brenda Score of A Farmgirl Dabbles. I have to tell you that each of these women is a wizard with butter and nobody does butter better than Land O’Lakes. You should most definitely click on over to their sites and look at the drool-inducing butter-centric recipes they created for the Kitchen Conversations push. I’m just going to say “Butter Chicken Sliders“, “Beef Bahn Mi“, “Meatball Tortilla Soup“, “Garlic Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn“and “Curried Cauliflower with Israeli Couscous and Grains“. Are you drooling yet? I was so hungry by the time our Kitchen Conversation was done. Don’t go until you’ve entered the giveaway, though… Wait ’til you see what Land O’Lakes has in store for you!

As a thank you for a stimulating discussion on what foods are on the rise in popularity this year, Land O’Lakes sent me a gift package to review and will send an identical package to one of you, my readers. Wanna see what’s in it? Of course you do!

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The giveaway includes:

-one BEAUTIFUL and seriously serious Le Creuset enamelware sauté and frying pan.

-THREE gorgeous kitchen items from Anthropologie

-one full-value coupon for any Land O Lakes® Butter Half Sticks

-one full-value coupon for Sauté Express® Sauté Starter which includes butter, olive oil and herbs or spices.

How to Enter:

This doesn’t get much easier. Just leave a comment here on the blog telling me what your absolute all-time favourite dish is that’s made with butter! That’s it! The winner will be announced on this post on Friday, April 12, 2013. Good luck everyone!

Disclosure: Land O’Lakes sent me a gift package as a thank you for participating in the webinar and is sponsoring the giveaway of an identical gift package to one Foodie with Family reader. This contest is only open to U.S. Residents. Sorry, international friends! All opinions remain my own.

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Comments

  1. Tracy Hunt says

    Definitely my homemade caramel……only a good butter can truly put it over the top and make people just sit back and say, “WOW” because it’s THAT good :)

  2. Toria says

    Roasted green beans with butter-toasted almonds. You must, of course, pour the browned butter over the top of the beans too. It wouldn’t do to waste it!

  3. rod jackson says

    My grandma’s sugar cookie recipe has butter and sour cream Rod Jackson
    mrsrodjac at hotmail dot com

  4. Jp fields says

    Well it may not be made with butter but what can be better then fresh, hot Stone Crab Claws dipped in glorious melted butter.

  5. Collett says

    Garlic spaghetti is my favorite recipe that uses butter. A whole stick of butter. Now I try to avoid using a lot of butter for obvious health reasons but with this recipe you CANNOT substitute. I tried and failed. It calls got crushed tomatoes, garlic simmered in olive oil and 1 stick of butter. Once your dine with the sauce and add the pasta you’ll never go back to plain marinara sauce again!

  6. beth says

    freshly baked brown sugar shortbread cookies. or – straight-up melted butter on lobster. could go either way, depending on sweet or savory. :)

  7. Deanna says

    I love a nice buttery pound cake, and veal or chicken french in that lovely butter-white wine sauce is soooo very good! Strangely enough, my all time favorite buttery recipe is for a vanilla buttercream frosting that is oh, so creamy and buttery but not terribly sweet. I found it in a 40 year old cookbook and it is my go-to basic frosting recipe.

  8. Virginia says

    I really want to enter this but I can’t decide what my favorite “butter” recipe is. I love Buttery Caramel Popcorn, and my grandmother’s Scottish Shortbread and Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies….the list goes on. I use butter all the time and it makes a big difference in my baking success!

  9. Yasmin says

    Mmm, butter! I love salted butter on a crusty baguette. My favorite thing to make with butter has to be fluffy, homemade biscuits!

  10. Naomi says

    I absolutely love butter!!! I won’t cook without it, which is why it’s hard to choose one thing I love. However recently I did make up some baked sweet potato’s and made a cinnamon butter that I absolutely adore and crammed those taters full of butter! Yumm =)

  11. Stef says

    Oh my gosh: the chocolate covered caramel soaked-crackers we make every year with the matzoh leftover from Passover.

  12. Blessie Nelson says

    It has to be simple buttercream frosting! Oh how I wish we could make cakes out of only buttercream frosting! So irresistable!

  13. Rebecca says

    hmmm… gooey butter cake, or my blackened chicken that is fried in butter!??? I’m afraid the cake takes the…err… cake! :-)

  14. says

    oh my goodness – how to choose! when it comes to butter, i don’t think i can play favorites, but here’s one thing i just love: sautéed baby bella mushrooms in a generous chunk of melted butter. i think i’ll go make some right now for lunch!

  15. says

    Colcannon with Irish butter, the knob of butter you put on top to melt over the buttery creamy potatoes, cabbage and meat is amazing. Takes me home in my memory and my heart every time.

  16. Lisa says

    Homemade Chicken Pot pie – need great butter for a homemade crust AND for the creamy and delicious filling!

  17. sam says

    Can’t pick just one, there’s SO many since butter is one of my favorite foods. I’ll say, mashed potatoes (sometimes I add peas and top with a hunk of melting butter and have a bowl for dinner when I really want some comfort food), or hot bread, fresh from the oven, or garlic bread–ooh–can’t forget corn on the cob! (Or ANY hot vegetable for that matter). Then there’s noodles with butter, garlic, parmesan cheese, and lots of black pepper……I’d better quit now……..

  18. kristin groth says

    Absolutely everything….what isn’t better with butter! If I must choose just one it would be my Nana’s yummy coconut cake because the memories of her teaching me to cook & bake come rushing back each time I make it!

  19. Christyn says

    Butter? I love anything with butter in it…but my current favorite is a thick tenderloin steak with a glob of herb infused butter melting over top.

  20. Sarah Marsh says

    Shortbread. And toast. And pilaf. And caramels. And cream cheese frosting. And scones. And waffles. And, really, anything with butter.

  21. Cindy says

    I was going to say chocolate chip cookies but am going to have to change it to popcorn with melted butter.

  22. says

    My very favorite thing to make with butter! OOOOOOOO

    my very very very favorite.

    Slowly simmering mushrooms in butter and garlic and and a tad bit of wine until they are buttery smooth and melt in your mouth.

    I could eat those every day. OOOOO I want this! ;-)

  23. ellen beck says

    My all time favorite that uses real butterr are spritz cookies! I had them as a child and the same recipe has been passed down for generaations. So good and so buttery!

  24. AJ Peters says

    Spaetlze in a browned butter and saute’d onion sauce. Toss some grated hard cheese in at the end, and I’m happier than a pig with mud!

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