Keeping the house, the kids and the hubby without breaking the bank, the earth, the people I love, or myself.

Crock Pot Chalupas

Ah! Yet another crock pot meal! I happen to have a wealth of dry pinto beans in my pantry and found this recipe while looking for ways to use them that might please the whole family. Pork roasts went on sale this week so Chalupas it is! We did, however, have to spend nearly an hour removing the giant slab of fat from our roast. Yuck! Next time, we'll have the in-store butcher do it.

For crockpot chalupas, you'll need:

3lb pork roast
1lb dry pinto beans
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 T ground cumin
1 T dried oregano
2T chili powder
1 T salt (we added a teaspoon)
4oz can chopped green chilies (I used red)

Last night I ran my pinto beans through my food processor as I would prefer the beans be more like refried than solid beans. After grinding them, I soaked them in water just to cover them, adding a teaspoon of baking soda to help soften these old beans of mine. I rinsed the beans this morning and added water to cover them again.

Into the crock pot went the roast and all the other ingredients. I did chop the chilies in the food processor as well to better disperse them through the mixture. Once everything was in, I added the beans and their water. I moved the roast a bit to make sure some of the liquid got underneath it.

This will cook on high for one hour then low for six. After six hours, I'll remove the roast, shred it with a fork and return the meat to the mixture. Then it will cook one more hour on high.

I will serve this in tortillas with lettuce, green onion, salsa and light sour cream (plain yogurt for me.) This is a very large recipe and we'll have two meals from it this week. Tomorrow, I will take what is left of the mixture and make wraps that I'll freeze. My husband and daughter will be able to pull one out of the freezer and reheat or add to their lunchboxes. I'll let you know how many I end up freezing!

I know that my youngest two cannot eat the spicy foods, so I have a bean salad for my two year old (who adores beans) and leftover pork chop, apples and sweet potatoes for my seven year old.

One day all the planets and stars will align just so and I'll find myself preparing one thing for everybody! A girl can dream, can't she?


Post a Comment

About This Blog

Saving money. Saving graces. Raising children, husbands and, sometimes, cats. Laughing. Living. Thinking. Doing. Life in the Niagara Region of Ontario.

About Me

I am a happily married woman with four children and various cats and kittens (fosters). I love to read and my favourite authors are George RR Martin, Thomas Hardy, Raymond Carver, PD James, Kurt Vonnegut, J. K. Rowling, and Margaret Atwood. I know there are only three women in that list (and none of them American), so if you'd like to suggest some I'm willing to give them a shot! And yes, I am an American living in Canada. (Hence the nick -- CannedAm.) I like it here. There are things about the states that I miss, but my love is here and this country has things to offer that my own does not. Things that make my quality of life much better than it ever was in Ohio. Guess I'm stuck here. Though there's a nice spot in the Appalachian hills where I'd love to spend my retirement.

  © Blogger template Coozie by 2008

Back to TOP