January 9, 2013

Pork Taco Bowls (Crock Pot Recipe)

Kids are back in school, which means it never hurts to have a good crock pot recipe to rely on when things get hectic. This Crock Pot Pork Taco Bowl recipe has been a huge hit with my entire family for many years, and it is a weeknight staple in our home for evenings when I just don’t have time to cook. And, as an added bonus, this recipe makes a very generous amount, so you can almost certainly count on leftovers to eat the next day or freeze to enjoy later.

Pork Taco Bowls

Serves 8
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 7 hours
Total time 7 hours, 30 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
This zesty pork and bean filling is a terrific go-to for busy weeknights when you need to let the Crock Pot do the work for you. Serve in taco bowls, or in burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and more.


  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) boneless pork loin roast
  • 1lb dried pinto beans
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth
  • 1 (10-ounce) can Rotel


Step 1
Spray the bowl of a 6-quart slow cooker with non-stick spray. Rinse and sort the beans according to the package directions; place in the slow cooker. Add roast and next 5 ingredients. Pour chicken broth over roast.
Step 2
Cover and cook on high 6 hours. Pull roast into large chunks using 2 forks. Stir in Rotel. Cook, uncovered, on high for 1 hour more, or until liquid is slightly reduced.
Step 3
Serve in taco bowls with your desired toppings: lettuce, green onion, shredded cheese, salsa, avocado, sour cream, etc.


One kitchen gizmo that I am always very happy to have when I prepare this recipe is a set of tortilla bowl makers that my mother-in-law gave us a few years back. Mine are very similar to these here, and baking the bowls at home instead of buying the pre-made, fried versions is so easy to do, and so much healthier!

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9 Responses to Pork Taco Bowls (Crock Pot Recipe)

  1. Eva Scott January 9, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    Mmmmm. That looks delish!

  2. Crystal January 9, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Yummy! What an easy and delicious meal to make. Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. rachel January 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Do you think I could use pork chops? I already have them, so I was just wondering. Thanks!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      I think any kind of pork would work great!

  4. Cath&Stew January 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    I’ve never seen those taco bowl makers before. Will have to invest in some!

  5. Debbie January 18, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    This looks so good, just a little question though, what is Rotel? We don’t have it in the UK. Thanks 🙂

    • Denise January 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Hi Debbie in the UK! Rotel is a combination of diced tomatoes and chopped green chilies. It comes in mild or hot. If I don’t have Rotel in, I just open a can of chopped chilies and throw them in to taste.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      Rotel is a canned mixture of diced tomatoes and green chile. You could substitute diced tomatoes if you have that on hand, plus a small can of chiles or jalapenos. Thanks!

  6. Brenda January 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious!! Pinning to my “Good Lookin’ Slow Cookin’ Eats” pinboard … Look forward to trying it soon! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Have a fabulous week!!

    – Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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