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Pork Tortilla Soup

Pork-Tortilla-SoupWhat's more comforting than a fresh bowl of soup made with crisp, ripe produce? Winter, Spring, Fall, Summer - we think any time of year is a good time to enjoy a bowl. This easy-to-make recipe puts a slight twist on traditional Chicken Tortilla Soup by using pork instead (if you prefer chicken, though, we won't tell anyone that you made that substitution!). 

This recipe is great for anyone short on time or just looking to spend a little less time in the kitchen. The convenience of a crock pot truly allows you to simply "set it and forget it" while you go about your daily activities. Follow the recipe below for the easiest (and possibly one of the most delicious) dinners you'll make all year!

Cooking for more than one or two? This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. Leftovers can be frozen (in an airtight container or vacuum packed bag is best) for up to 6 months.

 

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Pork Loin
  • 10 oz. Tomatoes
  • 3 oz. Jalapenos, fresh
  • 3 oz. Green Onion
  • 4 oz. Avocado
  • 8 C. hot watet
  • 2 packets MRC Chicken Bouillon HNS
  • 2 tsp. each: Chili Powder, Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp. Lime Juice
  • For Garnish: Cilantro, Avocado
  • Low calorie tortilla

Directions

  1. In a crock pot, place tomatoes, green onion, and jalapenos.
  2. Place pork loin on top.
  3. Add all seasonings and lime juice. 
  4. Pour in water and Chicken Bouillon HNS.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  6. Remove the pork and shred it between two forks or cut into pieces. Place back into the soup and stir.
  7. Serve with fresh chopped cilantro, a low calorie tortilla, and 2 oz. avocado

Servings: 2 | Replaces: 1 protein, 1 vegetable, 1 carbohydrate, 1 healthy fat

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*Alternate Preparation: For those of you are still putting a hot grill to good use this time of year, we've got this ingenious variation shared with us by a team member in Colorado Springs, CO. Your ingredients will not change, but your first couple steps will. Instead of placing the uncooked pork, onion powder, and garlic powder directly into the crock pot, rub the onion powder and chili powder into the outside of the pork and sear it on a hot grill or griddle for a few minutes on each side. If you like a little more char and doneness to your pork, then let it sear for a bit longer and/or at a higher temperature! While the pork is searing, prepare your crock pot with all other soup ingredients. Carefully place the seared pork on top and follow steps #5-#8 as written above. This extra step taken with the pork may seem small, but it makes a big difference when it comes to the soup's taste and texture!

Looking for an extra kick or different flavor profile? Dried herbs and spices are a great, healthy way to experiment with flavors. Try some crushed red pepper for a little boost in heat or some dried rosemary for a sharp, piney burst of flavor that excites the senses!

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