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These healthy, gluten free slow cooker pork tenderloin tacos are packed with spicy-sweet fall flavor, and are an easy, weeknight, meal that the whole family will love!
Tangy cranberries exploding with bursts of juicy freshness that mix-n-mingle with spicy chipotle, sweet apple juice and maple syrup with notes of cinnamon and ginger in what one can only call “HELLO FALL, WELCOME TO MY FACE” food.
Aka: the kind of meal that makes my refusing-to-acknowledge-the-fact-that-I-am-wearing-a-scarf-right now inner self secretly really happy to eat. I mean, food that fills your house AND face with cozy food vibes? TIS THE SEASON.
Not for 2 months? Too soon? Whatever. If I’m wearing a scarf we can throw out the holiday references. DEAL WIDIT.
SRSLY though, when are you going to jump off the couch and rub one of them SUPER delish and protein-RICH pork tenderloins with a little bit of spiced-cinnamon-ginger-clove YUM and then let it just BATHE in a fall-flavored X-TRAVAGANZA consisting of VERY few ingredients. And, like, NO WORK. HELLO slow cooker, I love thee.
So, umm chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You’re all like “UGH why must I buy this ingredient that I only need ½ Tbsp of, and then I will never use it ever again because I am a person who eats oatmeal 5000 times a day and really has no use for adobe sauce except for this ONE TIME.”
But the oatmeal addiction thing might just be me. Unless we share a secret bond that runs VERY deep. Which, you know, would BE AWESOME.
HOLD UP THOUGH. Re: Chipotle pepper shenanigans:
- You need it.
- Yes, I tried it without the sauce.
- You need it.
- it’s like 80 cents. And it will change your life. In the sense that it will make those tangy-juicy cranberries and ripples of maple-syrup sweetness SO balanced and, like, this will be the most ultimate slow cooker shredded pork that the inner-easy-recipe-MAJOR-<3<3<3-person that I know you are, has ever MUNCHED.
See. DO it.
BY THE WAY, did we just talk about pork? I think that we did. Did you see my super-duper fun recap of my trip to Iowa with the Pork Board last week, to celebrate National Pork Month? GUYSGUYSGUYS I got to PULL A PIG. <— Click to the post to read what that is, because you might not want to talk about it and eat this real-food-wholesome-taco-goodness at the same time.
I GOT YO’ BACK.
In other news. Apple noodles. Do you love them? Have we eaten them about 802930 times recently? That is, perhaps, a slight exaggeration. BUT WHY ARE THEY SO DELICIOUS? Is it that crispy-crunchy and perfectly sweet freshness that they provide to this FLAVOR BOMB of a taco. Especially when paired with a sweet and tangy Maple Greek yogurt drizzle? <— OH HEY X-TRA PROTEIN.
Why yes, yes it is.
SO, don’t be all like “EHHHHH, I’mma be a lazy dinner person and just make pork WITHOUT apple noodles” BECAUSE YOU WILL REGRET IT. I know how you think. My eyeballs are ON YOU.
Plus, it sounds like they’re really hard to make. But, umm, 2 minutes. All you need. Pinkie promise.
May your days be filled with cozy-yet-fashionable infinity scarves, your nights be filled with whatever you like to do at night (?) and your bellies be filled with Maple Cranberry Pork Tacos. <— MOST IMPORTANT.
Cranberry, Apple and Chipotle Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Tacos
For the pork:
- 1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Ginger powder
- 1/8 tsp Clove powder
- Pinch of pepper
- 1 lbs Pork Tenderloin just under 1 1/2
- 1 Cup No-sugar added apple juice
- 2 Cups Cranberries Fresh or Thawed frozen
- 2 Tbsp Pure maple syrup
- 1/2 Tbsp Adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
For the apple noodles:
- 3 Large Apples spiralized with the 3mm blade., I used fuji
- 1 Tbsp Pure maple syrup
- 1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon
For the sauce:
- 1/4 Cup Plain Non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Pure Maple syrup
- White corn tortillas for serving
- Chopped green onion for garnish
- In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients up the pork tenderloin.
- Dry off the pork tenderloin and rub the spice mixture all over it, making sure to really press it into all sides so it's evenly coated.
- Combine the apple juice, cranberries, 2 Tbsp of the maple syrup and adobe sauce in the bottom of a 5 quart slow cooker, stirring to mix well. Add the pork into the slow cooker, spooning the juices over top and really nestling the pork among the cranberries. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until the meat is very tender and falls apart. Mine took 8 hours.
- Once the pork is cooked, transfer to a cutting board. Using a potato masher, mash up all the liquid in the slow cooker, so that the cranberries break down, mix into the juice and thicken it.
- Using two forks, shred the pork and then place back into the slow cooker. Mix to coat with the juices. *
- Once the pork is shredded mix the apple noodles with 1 Tbsp of maple syrup, 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl.. In a separate small bowl, stir together the Greek yogurt with the remaining Maple syrup.
- Serve the pork on a tortilla, topped with the apple noodles, a drizzle of the yogurt sauce and a sprinkle of green onions, if desired.
Recipe Notes* The pork is very moist and juicy once mixed back into the slow cooker after shredding, as this is how Mr. FFF and I like our meat. If there's too much juice for you feel free to remove some from the slow cooker!
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Weight Watchers Points Per Serving: Points+: 8. Old Points: 6
(information based off 6 servings, not including tortillas)
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