Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pork Tostadas
My kids went back to school this week. Although I truly enjoy the laid back, non-structured days of summer, by August I find myself feeling a little bit of a mess and craving some routine. Every start of the school year always makes me feel a bit more refreshed and energized and ready to take on a new season. Can anyone else relate??
(Welcome to 3rd and 5th grade! The little guy started preschool a couple mornings a week too. 🙂 )
One thing that I slack on big time over the summer is meal planning. I find myself winging it most days and nights and our dinners are a bit spontaneous and pieced together. Once school starts though, things change and I am a little more on the ball (ha!) with having a dinner plan, especially when after school and evening activities start up. I’ve learned I really have to be or we would be eating sandwiches or scrambled eggs every night for dinner (which isn’t a such terrible thing really, just a bit boring). Needless to say, I do look forward to the more structured idea of “dinner time” during the school year. These Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pork Tostadas made it to the first week of dinner menu!
This is my first month posting along with The Recipe Redux group and our theme for August was “Back to the Dinner Table”. A perfectly appropriate challenge for all of us, especially this time of year, don’t you think? Getting us back into the groove of eating dinner together is always a good thing. If you are unfamiliar with The Recipe Redux, they are the first recipe challenge group created by Registered Dietitians with a focus on taking delicious recipes and making them better for you. When I first started blogging (over 7 years ago) I was a part of a couple of recipe challenge groups (a Barefoot Contessa group and Ellie Krieger group) and I had a lot of fun with them. It always kept me inspired to try something new so joining up with these awesome bloggers in The Recipe Redux group was a no brainer for me.
One of my family’s favorite and most requested dinners is these Turkey and Spinach Tostadas. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made them in the last year. I wanted to change them up and do something a little different this week, so I got some help from my crock pot and made these super simple Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pork Tostadas. You can use any green salsa you like, I took a shortcut and used this store bought salsa but if you are up for it make your own salsa from scratch (like my Roasted Tomatillo Salsa). The technique of baking up the tostadas is the same as the turkey and spinach ones, but this time I used the shredded salsa verde pork and added black beans (corn would be a great substitute for any family members that don’t care for beans).
(about halfway through cooking time)
The best part of this recipe is that the tostadas only use up 1 of the slow cooked pork tenderloins, leaving a whole cooked tenderloin for you to enjoy in a completely different meal or to freeze to make these tostadas again. (To freeze, let pork tenderloin cool completely and shred. Place shredded meat in a labeled freezer-safe ziplock bag and store in freezer for a future meal.) We enjoyed these tostadas one night, then enjoyed the shredded pork over brown rice and beans and sauteed vegetables later in the week. Delicious!
The best part of these tostadas is the toppings! I like to pile mine on – shredded lettuce, avocado, red onion, cilantro and more salsa plus a squeeze of lime. It’s messy and soooo good!
Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pork Tostadas
Yield: 2 tostadas per serving, 6 servings (using 1 tenderloin)
For the salsa verde pork:
- 2.5 lb pork tenderloin
- pinch coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 cup salsa verde
- juice of 1 lime
- 12 corn tortillas
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained (I use Bush's Black Beans)
- shredded lettuce
- diced avocado
- extra salsa verde
- Greek yogurt or sour cream
- Place pork tenderloin in slow cooker. Season well with salt and pepper, cumin, and oregano. Pour salsa and lime juice evenly over pork. Cook for 4-5 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
- Take out one pork tenderloin (along with some of the juices) and place on a plate or large cutting board. Using two forks, shred pork.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets (greased with nonstick spray) with corn tortillas (I fit 6 on each baking sheet). Top each tortilla evenly with shredded pork, black beans and shredded cheese. Bake for 14-16 minutes until tortillas are crisp and cheese is melted.
- Serve tostadas with all or some: cilantro, shredded lettuce, avocado, Greek yogurt and additional salsa verde.
To make these tostadas you only need 1 of the tenderloins cooked in the slow cooker. Save the meat from the other cooked tenderloin for another meal during the week or shred it and freeze it for a quick future tostada night.
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This is my kind of meal. I have three kids too so anything that at least a part of can go in the slow cooker is a winner for me. I want to try your salsa recipe too.
That slow cooker really helps things along doesn’t it? I’m trying to use it more to precook the meats I need for quick dinners (shredded chicken or pork, meatballs, etc) – a lifesaver! I hope you try the salsa, it’s really tastes so fresh and good! Thanks for stopping by!
Glad to have you joining The Recipe ReDux! And I couldn’t Pin these fast enough. I never tire of a good pork tenderloin recipe and these would be a hit with my fam for sure 🙂
I’m happy to have joined! Been following long enough 😉 My family really likes pork tenderloin so I’m trying to include it in the rotation more regularly.
So excited to call you my fellow recipe reduxer,Aggie! 😊 can’t wait to see what deliciousness you create in the future!! I love recipes like these. Minimal effort, max flavor and of course leftovers are always always welcomed!! P.S your children are so precious
The feeling is likewise! Thanks for the kind words about my kids and thanks for stopping by! I loved what you cooked up this time too! 🙂
Love how simple this recipe is and tex mex is always a hit in our house! Loving all the recipes in the Recipe Redux- can’t wait to check them all out!
You seriously can’t go wrong with simple and tex mex in my book. Miss ya girl, hope you are well!
Hi Aggie! Welcome to the Recipe Redux! Looking forward to seeing what you cook up!
Hi Marisa! Thank you!
First of all Aggie, welcome to the Recipe Redux! Love recipes that set you up for more than one day of ‘meal success’! Pinning!
Thanks Diane! And yes, it was definitely a bonus with this one. The whole family loved both so win win.
Oooh, love this one, Aggie. I started crisping my tortillas in the oven years ago and I’ve never gone back to frying them in oil. Such a great method and awesomely guilt-free. This is the perfect weeknight meal in my book!
Thanks Valerie, oven crisp tortillas are the best! I could eat tostadas like this every week.
Aggie, this recipe sounds fantastic. We make tostadas this way and I agree, it’s all about the topping. This is a great post and love the options to find other healthy recipes!
Love the toppings – hope you find some more healthy recipes, there are some really good ones in the link up!
PS. Your kids are SOOOOoooooo adorable! Look how big Micah is!
and thanks 🙂 Micah is becoming such a big boy 🙂
These look so delicious. I’m definitely going to have to try it with pork tenderloins and I love that you can save some of the pork for another meal.
Thank you Corina! Yes, the second meal was great later in the meal and very different too. Everyone loved both!
You know I’m obsessed with your other tostada recipe, so I must try this one. I never cook pork…but I’m going to give it a go here! Beautiful. The kids look awesome! Hope their first week went well.
You could easily use chicken Erika, I really haven’t cooked pork much over the years and recently started cooking it more because to be honest I was getting tired of chicken and ground turkey lol. Everyone loves the pork tenderloins and they are hard to mess up in the slow cooker so this one is a good one to start with. The kids had a great week! Hope you and Kay are well! 🙂
This sounds fantastic Aggie! I’m reluctantly transitioning to homework and after school bustle. This would be perfect for the busy weeknights!
Yes the homework came pouring in this week – ugh. Thanks Marjory!
Your kids are adorable – can’t believe how big your little one is! This dinner sounds perfect for the start of the school year.
He’s getting so big Jeanette it’s crazy!! Time is flying. Thanks so much, it was a good first week back meal that I’m sure will be happening again soon 🙂
Welcome to the Recipe Redux! I could eat that meal 5 times a week—it’s such a great go to for dinners and lunch!
Thanks Robin!! I could eat it every day too 🙂 I did have leftovers for lunch – perfection!
Oh I will definitely be making these for dinner! Can’t wait to see your future Recipe Redux posts, as this recipe looks amazing 😀
Thank you so much Ally!
Welcome to the ReDux! Can’t wait to see your monthly posts! Hope your kids have a great start to the school year!
Thank you Jessica!
Yum! These sous amazing! Must try soon since I’m always looking for new slow cooker recipes.
You would love these Katie!
Just pinned to next week’s meal plan! I too have been slacking in the meal planning department all summer, but with my kids going back to school next week (new middle schooler and high schooler!) I am so ready to get back in to a routine. Love this recipe and so happy you joined the Recipe Redux!
Thank you!! Yea, I’m definitely a summer slacker for sure. This week went well and I’m motivated to keep it going. I’m happy I joined too!
Aggie! Go Momma! Welcome to the Recipe Redux! I love this recipe and I know my guys would too… if I left off the beans 😛 those finicky Serbinski’s! I forgot to do my post this month but can’t wait to cook together in September 🙂
This is our first year in four years sending Asher to school for the first time and I am SO excited!!! There is just something exhilarating about the back to school season. Maybe I’ll change my tune with the early wake-ups but I’m really excited to join the rest of the world with back to school fun!!
This looks PHENOMENAL! Yum! Slow cooked pork in a Mexican inspired dish. Two of my favorites.
UM, ALL over this.