A taco salad topped with spicy black beans, pulled pork and avocado.
We always get these big bags of tortilla chips from Costco. It's a 2.5 pound bag so that is a lot of tortilla chips for two people. I love it. They are organic and taste great...and are inexpensive. So, whenever my husband goes to Costco, (yes my husband does the heavy bulk buying/shopping) we have over 2 pounds of chips to eat on for weeks. I love this because I like chips with my sandwiches, there is always and excuse to make salsa, guacamole, or hummus. And my favorite, plenty of chips to make taco salad.
Taco salad is my favorite meal. I could eat it all the time and my blog would be non existent or very boring. One good thing about blogging is that it has made me more creative with taco salad. Instead of just having plain ground beef taco salad all the time I've started trying new things. I've found that you can make just about anything into taco salad. This pulled pork taco salad is one of my first creative ventures and it turned out great.
Whenever we see pork butt on sale my husband or I will always pick it up. We love pulled pork. For this pork it was cooked in the slow cooker with just basic seasoning and I made a separate vinegar based sauce to pour on it individually (it was very hot (spicy) so I used less and my husband used more). We had plenty of pork witch we froze some, ate barbecue pulled pork for a few days and still had some left over for this delicious taco salad.
I did not add taco seasoning to the pork for this salad. I wanted the slow cooked pork flavor to stand out but I did want some spiciness so I made spiced beans. It was very simple I just tossed about 1 cup of hot salsa into 2 cups of black beans and let them simmer. For something a little different, instead of topping this taco salad with cheese, I decided to use mashed avocado. It was delicious and I think I will use it more often.
Pulled Pork Taco Salad
2 cups black beans, precooked
1 cup hot salsa
1 avocado, mashed
juice of 1 lime
green onions, sliced
In a medium-large sauce pan heat the black beans and salsa and some salt until simmering. Allow to simmer for about 30 minutes until the flavors meld.
Meanwhile, mash the avocado with a little salt and the lime juice, set aside.
Prepare all of the other ingredients and set out so each person can make their own salad. I made my salad with lettuce, chips, black beans, pulled pork, avocado, and green onions. Other toppings could include jalapenos, cilantro, carrots, or whatever you like.
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