So, being a native Texan I have a soft spot for baked potatoes of all kinds. For a few years, I lived in College Station (home of the Aggies, if that means anything) and there was this place called Potato Shack that I LOVED. As the name might give away, it literally sells baked potatoes – not just the typical butter, cheese and bacon type, but flavors like Cajun, broccoli and cheddar, and chicken fried steak.
I haven’t been there in ages, so I’m not positive that they sell anything like this but today’s recipe is sort of a marriage between a good ol’ pulled pork baked potato and a late-night taco. The first step is to slow cook the pork roast for a whopping 10 hours.
Yeah, I know. It seems like a huge time commitment – and it may not work for your average weeknight depending on your schedule, but this recipe is really very hands off. If anything, waiting for the food to be ready while the smell of deliciousness fills your home.
But don’t fret. If you cook the pork ahead of time and reheat it when you’re ready, I promise it tastes just the same.
And you can get really creative with the leftovers. The first things that come to mind are, tacos, quesadillas, soup (this pork, green onion and a soft boiled egg makes a meal out of cheap ramen), sandwiches and anything where you need to add a bit of protein. The possibilities are endless.
Until next time. X
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Tex Mex Loaded Baked Potatoes
These easy baked potatoes are topped with a slow cooked Tex Mex style pulled pork, cheese, pico de gallo and jalapeno ranch. A hearty and easy to prepare meal!
- 4lb pork roast, shoulder or butt
- 1/2 TB chili powder
- 1 tsp mexican oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp espelette pepper or cayenne
- 1/4 c. lime juice
- 3/4 c. water
- 6 large russet potatoes
- 2 TB olive oil
- 1 TB sea salt
- 6 TB butter
- 2 c. shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese
- 1/2 c. Jalapeno Ranch or store bought alternative
- 1 c. prepared pico de gallo
- sour cream, to taste
- In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, oregano, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, salt, onion powder and espelette pepper. Rub the spice mixture generously over the roast.
- Place the roast in a slow cooker fat side up. Pour the lime juice and water over it and cook it on low for 10-11 hours.
- An hour before you plan to eat, wash and dry the potatoes.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and poke holes in each side with a fork. Drizzle with the olive oil, rubbing to coat each fully, and sprinkle with the salt.
- Bake the potatoes for 50-60 minutes, flipping 2-3 times. Potatoes are done when a knife pierces the skin easily and the potato is soft.
- When the roast is ready, remove and discard the fat cap from the top. Using tongs or forks, gently shred the pork into bite size pieces. Toss with the juices and keep warm.
- Slice just the top of each potato and press in the ends so that it opens as if it were a hot dog bun. Spread the butter on each potato and top with the cheese, pulled pork, pico de gallo, prepared Jalapeno Ranch and sour cream.
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