Spicy Pulled Pork Baked Taquitos with Cool Avocado Cream Dipping Sauce

Today’s post is part of my partnership with the California Avocado commission.

 

 

I want to talk about spicy pulled slow cooker pork wrapped up in tortillas and baked until crisp, then dipped in creamy, somewhat zingy, avocado dipping sauce.

Let’s talk about easy, delicious, and perfect for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

One of my favorite go to recipes is slow cooker pulled pork because it is easily made, and once made – it can be served in so many different ways: stuffed potatoes, sliders, tacos, wontons, quesadillas – the possibilities are only limited by one’s imagination.

I decided that for today’s Cinco de Mayo themed recipe for California Avocados, that I would do a twist on my go to bbq pulled pork with some of my favorite latin flavors, and my favorite mexican beer:  Dos XX.

When my mom and I got home from our busy day, the smell in the house was absolutely mouth watering.  Cumin, onion, cayenne…. – it was hard to wait.

I had so many ideas for this post:  quesadillas – wontons – sliders – mini pizzas

After talking with Nathan and discussing our favorites, as well as kind of going outside of our normal dishes, I decided to make baked taquitos.

 

There was this place in Sparks, where we lived when I was a teenager, that made the most amazing taquitos.  They were crispy, spicy, and just the right amount of greasy.

My mom and brothers and I would get them by the bag and devour them, my friends and I would go off campus for lunch and inhale them while we giggled over boys, talked about drill team routines and kick lines, and studied our spanish vocab.

My mom and brothers and I still reminisce about those taquitos, and it’s been over 18 years since we last had them.

It was those taquitos that were on my mind,  when I started tinkering with this recipe.

I was looking to create something with lots of layers of flavors and textures, and I wanted to pair it with a dipping sauce that would complement the spice, and soothe the palate.

baked pork taquitos with avocado dipping sauce

 

I played with different tortillas, I went through 6 different avocado sauces, and I turned my kitchen into a disaster zone, but it’s worth it.

I had so much fun playing with textures, flavors and snacking on the delicious California Avocado sauces that I made.

I was thinking of each of you while I did it, envisioning y’all in your own kitchens with a bunch of fresh california avocaodos in front of you, and tasty cinco de mayo themed recipes running through your minds.

Did you know that avocados are such an essential part of Cinco de Mayo festivities that the California Avocado Commission estimates that more than 87 million pounds of avocados will be consumed during this time of the year?!

That’s a LOT of delicious avocado recipes!  I can’t wait to see what y’all come up with for the California Avocado Cinco de Mayo Recipe Fiesta that Shawn and I are hosting!

The prizes include two $500 American Express gift cards, two $250 American Express gift cards, and two California Avocado gift baskets (worth $75 each)!

Sounds like a FIESTA to me!!

Want to help us spread the word?? {cause what’s a party without friends?}

*Try tweeting something like this: “Join @iwashyoudry and @sthrnfairytale for #CaAvoCincoFiesta! Share your @Ca_Avocado recipes. $1600 in prizes. Plz RT! http://bit.ly/170DcAQ“

We’d love to see your tasty avocado creations on Instagram with the hashtag #CaAvoCincoFiesta.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!! 

The giveaway will be open to US Residents only, and all winners will be chosen using a random number generator.

Have I forgotten anything?

Baked Pork Taquitos with Cilantro Avocado Dipping Sauce

OH YES… the recipe for those Baked taquitos with that yummy california avocado cream sauce…

Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Approximate Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

spicy pulled pork in the slow cooker

Ingredients

    Pulled Pork
  • 2.5 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes and green chilies with lime and cilantro, drained
  • 3 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 C cumin
  • 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne (this is spicy.. you may want to do 1/2 to 1 tsp)
  • 1 Tbsp garlic salt
  • 6 oz (1/2 bottle) Dox XX beer

Instructions

  1. Slice the onion and place it in the bottom or your slow cooker
  2. Place the pork tenderloin on top of the onion.
  3. Pour in the drained tomatoes, with chilies and cilantro and lime.
  4. In a small bowl mix together the chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, cayenne and garlic salt - pour this over the roast in the slow cooker.
  5. Dump the beer over the mixture in the slow cooker and mix the tenderloin around, until you feel it has been well coated.
  6. Set your slow cooker to cook on low for the next 8 hours.
  7. At about 6 hours - if you're home- go in and shred the pork with a couple of forks, and drain off any excess liquid, if necessary.
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Cool Avocado Cream Dipping Sauce

 Cool Avocado Cream Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh california avocado avocado
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • juice of 2 limes (about 3 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 a jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed
  • pinch of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Chill until ready to use.
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Spicy Pulled Pork Baked Taquitos with Cool Avocado Cream Dipping Sauce

Spicy Pulled Pork Baked Taquitos with Cool Avocado Cream Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

    The Taquitos
  • 3 C mixed blend cheese
  • Spicy Pulled Pork
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can kernel corn, drained
  • 20 flour tortillas
  • cooking spray
  • kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. If your pulled pork is still warm in the slow cooker - move on to step 2, if it's not - warm up the pulled pork.
  3. Drain the beans and corn and mix them into the pulled pork and simmer over low heat while the oven heats up, and you prep the tortillas and cheese.
  4. **Tortillas are tricky - if you have good tortillas, they will roll with no issue .. some tortillas you need to warm up with a damp paper towel before rolling****
  5. Grab a tortilla, and place a bit of cheese on the tortilla - place some spicy pulled pork on the tortilla and then tight roll the tortilla and place seam side down in your greased baking dish.
  6. Repeat this until your baking dish is full.
  7. Bake in the oven about 20 minutes, or until the taquitos are golden brown and crisp.

Rachel Says

You can cut these in half to make them go farther, and make them more party friendly, or you can serve them whole. Serve with creamy avocado dipping sauce.

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My California Avocado Cinco de Mayo Recipe Fiesta partner Shawn is sharing her delicious Avocado and Chorizo Stuffed Party Rolls recipe today!

Just in case you need more inspiration:  Look what our other California Avocado Ambassadors made  with their California Avocados!

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Comments

  1. Bebe says

    I wish I had some of those Nevada taquitos right now. I lived off of them for the 2 months after you, Michael and Dad moved to Austin. I can’t wait to try yours. Soon? Love you.

  2. Meredith Stevens says

    These sound so delicious. When I try them, I’ll also try substituting the sour cream with plain greek yogurt. That usually works for me as a substitution and doesn’t alter the taste. Great inspiration!

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