What do you do with leftover pulled pork (or chicken, or beef, or whatever large chunk of meat that you recently smoked or grilled)? Make Leftover Tacos. This is an easy meal that is sure to please, even if it isn’t very authentic.
- About 2 cups of whatever meat you have leftover, chopped or shredded into small pieces
- 1 medium onion, chopped small
- 1 bell pepper, any color, chopped small
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- 2 tbs. white wine
- 1 tbs. taco seasoning (substitute chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and ground cumin if you aren’t feeling lazy; mix them up in proportions that make you happy)
- 2 tsp. Chipotle-flavored Tabasco Sauce
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Shredded lettuce (optional)
- Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
- Chopped tomato (optional)
- Salsa or hot sauce to taste
- 8-12 corn tortillas (depending on how many of the optional ingredients you use)
I’m going to pretend you aren’t sitting there thinking “how can this be easy with all those ingredients” and proceed as if nothing is amiss. Because it isn’t. Start by heating a large skillet on the stove and add the olive oil. Stir in the onions and peppers and saute until limp (or go ahead and caramelize them if you really want to). Add the chopped/shredded meat, pour on the wine and chipotle sauce, and add all the spices. Stir well and reduce heat to a low simmer.
Heat about 1/2 cup of oil in a small frying pan, preferably one that is only slightly bigger than the diameter of the tortillas. We prefer to use olive oil for this process as the tortilla shells don’t seem to absorb as much oil. The oil is hot enough when bubbles form around a small piece of tortilla is dropped in the oil. Fry each tortilla, turning once after about 15-20 seconds, and folding into a taco shape immediately after turning. Use a long set of tongs for this, and hold one side of the fold out of the oil while the other is cooking. Once the one side is done to your satisfaction, flip the tortilla over and hold the cooked side out of the oil. When done, remove from the oil, drain well, and set on a paper towel to absorb any extra oil. Repeat as necessary until you have enough taco shells for the meal.
Assemble the tacos by spooning the meat into the taco shells. Add some chopped fresh cilantro and the optional ingredients as desired. Top with your favorite salsa or taco sauce, and go eat. No beans required…