Pulled Pork Taquitos with Chipotle-Ranch Dipping Sauce (Crock Pot Recipe!)

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Slow cooked shredded pork is mixed with cheese then baked inside a crispy corn tortilla. Pair with smoky Chipotle Ranch Dipping sauce for the perfect game-day dish. Freezer friendly, too!

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As I mentioned, it’s finally fall and with the changing leaves and cozy clothes (already busted out THE black fleece – oh yeah!) comes NFL games on what feels like every day that ends with a -y. That is to say, I feel like football is taking over my life. Ya’ feel me?!

I shouldn’t complain too much. Ben has always been great about sharing the remote so I can shamelessly watch my Housewives, and we’ll compromise when nothing is on by watching Ink Master or Naked and Afraid together (RIP, N&A) but on Sunday and Monday nights when he’s got his fantasy lineup all ready to go, how can I say no?

BTW does anyone else find it weird that in fantasy football you sometimes, nay oftentimes, find yourself rooting against your otherwise favorite team? I’ll never understand.

Anyway, the answer is I can’t, so I go by the motto, what is it, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em? For me, football is much more tolerable when I get to scarf Pulled Pork Taquitos with Chipotle-Ranch Dipping Sauce at kickoff.

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Corn tortillas are rolled around crock pot pulled pork and shredded cheese, baked until crisp, and then dunked into smoky Chipotle-Ranch Dipping Sauce before devouring. These taquitos are perfect game-day food. Toss a bunch onto a platter then let the gang dive right in!

Even better? This recipe is freezer friendly so you can make a batch ahead of time then pop ‘em into the oven right before game time. Even betterer (more better?!) since these taquitos are baked rather than fried, you can feel free to enjoy a few!

I am pretty much obsessed with the smokey Chipotle-Ranch dipping sauce for the taquitos which takes literally 30 seconds to make, but a nice thwack of guacamole on top of a hot stack of crunchy taquitos is heavenly too. I modified my Lazy Girl’s Guacamole recipe to make it even lazier by simply mashing a ripe avocado with garlic salt and pepper. It was to die for. Think I’ll skip the squeeze of lime juice from here on out!

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Ok! Start the taquitos by slow cooking the pulled pork. Pick up a 3-3.5lb boneless pork butt roast then trim off as much fat as you can. Don’t make yourself crazy over it, but if there’s a big thick layer anywhere on the roast – get rid of it!

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Cut the roast into 8 big hunks then toss ‘em into the bottom of a 5.5 or 6 quart crock pot. Here’s a similar crock pot to the one I have >>

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Next add a few seasonings and spices like 1 chopped onion, 6 peeled garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons each cumin and chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 14oz (1 can) chicken broth. Pop a lid on the crock pot then cook on high for 5-6 hours, or low for 10-11 hours, until the roast is easily shredded with two forks. Like buttah! (Get it? BUTTah?! Moving on…)

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Place the shredded pork into a bowl then combine with 1/2 cup cooking liquid and discard the rest.

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Meanwhile, shred 8oz queso fresco cheese, which I found by the refrigerated tortillas in the grocery store. I am so in love with this cheese – it’s right up there with smoked gruyere, I tell ya’! Queso fresco is light and mild-tasting, kind of like a harder mozzarella, and pairs fantastically with the garlicky pulled pork.

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If for some reason you can’t find queso fresco, I’d use shredded mozzarella or monterey jack cheese.

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Next, warm 18 corn tortillas. Corn tortillas are notorious for cracking when rolled or bent unless they’re super fresh, which most grocery store tortillas aren’t. An easy way to get them nice and pliable is to wrap 6 at a time in a damp paper towel then microwave for 40 seconds.

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To the center of a heated corn tortilla, place 3 Tablespoons pulled pork and top with 1 Tablespoon shredded queso fresco then roll and place seam side down on a foil-lined, nonstick-sprayed baking sheet.

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Spray the tops with nonstick spray then bake for 13-15 minutes at 425 degrees, or until golden brown and crispy. Alternatively, freeze the taquitos un-baked then transfer to a freezer bag. Bake straight from the freezer at the same time and temp!

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While the taquitos are baking make the dipping sauce by combining 1/2 cup Light Ranch Dressing with 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, plus 2 teaspoons of the sauce in a food processor then processing until smooth. Alternatively you could chop the peppers up real fine then stir into the dressing.

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You can find Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce in the Mexican-foods aisle of the grocery store. Chipotle peppers are just smoked jalapenos and they add a fantastic, smokey flavor to the dipping sauce. Mmm, mmm, mmm. So yummy. Freeze the leftover chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in a plastic baggie then pop out 1 or 2 when you need them again!

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Pulled Pork Taquitos with Chipotle-Ranch Dipping Sauce

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Makes 18 taquitos

Adapted from BHG.com

Ingredients:
3 – 3.5lb boneless pork butt
14oz can chicken broth
1 onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon salt
8oz queso fresco, shredded (could use Monterey Jack or Mozzarella)
18 corn tortillas
Guacamole and salsa, for serving

For the Chipotle-Ranch Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup light Ranch dressing
2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce + 2 teaspoons sauce

Directions: 

  1. Trim fat from pork then cut into 8 hunks and place into the bottom of a 5.5 or 6 quart crock pot. Add chicken broth, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and salt then stir to combine. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 10-11 hours, or until very tender. Remove pork then shred and place into a large bowl with 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Discard remaining liquid.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees then line a baking sheet with foil and spray well with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  3. Wrap 6 tortillas at a time in a damp paper towel then microwave for 40 seconds. Place 3 Tablespoons shredded pork into the center of each warm tortilla then top with 1 Tablespoon shredded cheese. Roll then place seam side down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ingredients then spray tops of the tortillas with nonstick spray and bake for 13-15 minutes or until tops are brown and crunchy.
  4. For the Chipotle-Ranch Dipping Sauce: Combine ranch dressing, chipotle peppers, and sauce in a food processor then process until smooth. Alternatively, finely chop peppers then stir ingredients together to combine.
  5. To freeze: freeze taquitos on a baking sheet then transfer to a freezer bag. Bake the same way frozen as fresh (ie do not thaw.)

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Crunchy, cheesey, and mouthwatering, you and your friends and family will devour these taquitos. Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. brittany 09.25.2013

    Well, I am a weirdo who totally watches football by myself without being forced by a man haha! And I am going to kill me’ some taquitos ;) Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. That sauce sound tasty and is very simple, I think I many not be able to screw that one up.

  3. JJ 09.25.2013

    Well now I know what I’m cooking for football this Sunday. Sounds (and looks) delish!

  4. Tieghan 09.25.2013

    I could not love these more! So my kind of food!

  5. Katie 09.25.2013

    Did you get your pork at HyVee this week for $1.77/lb? I grabbed a couple to use to make shredded pork for the staff for parent/teacher conferences next week at school and a couple for us. Thanks for the delicious recipe, we love Mexican and I was just thinking the other day that I haven’t made taquitos for awhile. I also have some queso fresco that I got at a cheese factory in Missouri while on vacation, and I just grabbed that dressing from the “clearance cart” at the store last week. I think I better change my Thursday meal plan to this recipe! Thanks again!

  6. Jen 09.25.2013

    Hi Kristin

    I love your blog! My husband isn’t really a fan of corn tortillas, do you think these would work with flour tortillas too??

    Thanks!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.25.2013

      Definitely! I’d add more filling since they’re bigger then just watch them baking. Not sure how long they’d need to go for.

      • Jen 09.25.2013

        Awesome, I will definitely give that a try!

        Thank you!

  7. I think my husband would fall over and die if I made this recipe! Looks delicious!

  8. LOL. The black fleece. If you’re referring to the one you had last year with thumb holes (I realize this sounds stalkerish) I have the same one (gotta love Target) but I’ve been wearing it all year.
    And I have the same problem in my house with football always being on. I just try to embrace it.

    Oh, amd a big pile of guacamole makes everything better!

  9. Kerry 09.25.2013

    That dipping sauce makes this whole dish worth breaking my diet!! I so love a taquito so I will be trying this soon!

  10. oh my gosh these look good. pretty sure they would be gone after one dinner in our house…love meals like this.

  11. Lori H 09.25.2013

    These look amazing and you have solved the problem of what to do with a bag of pulled pork I have in the freezer. I know my crew will LOVE these!

  12. This looks so stinkin’ good! I haven’t had football take over my life completely but I have been watching The League on Netflix with my husband (about fantasy football) and even though it can be really rude and I try to act like I’m above it. It seriously cracks me up!

  13. Alyssa 09.25.2013

    I’m so excited for Housewives of Beverly Hills to start!! yippee

  14. Beth 09.25.2013

    Could you make these with chicken too? We don’t eat pork but this sounds so good! Would the cooking time be the same with chicken?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.25.2013

      Sure! I’d cook 1lb chicken for 4-6 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high then shred.

  15. Meg 09.25.2013

    Hi Kristin! These look great! Question–my crockpot is only 2 quarts–if i third the recipe will it still work/how would that affect the cooking time?

    Thanks!!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.25.2013

      I think it should be fine – I’d probably cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4.

  16. Gabby Bladdick 09.25.2013

    Holy goodness, IGE! You’ve done it again. Drooling at my desk by noon. These look SO fantastic, I cannot wait to make them this Sunday while I’m stuck (I mean, gladly) watching football with my other half. :)

  17. Yum! Now that football season is back, I’m bringing your Buffalo Chicken Dip almost every time I go to a friend’s house and it gets RAVE reviews every time. Thanks for making me look like a rock star :) Now I might just have to add these into my rotation!

  18. mybluedolly 09.25.2013

    This Iowa transplant loves your food! The husband is veggie, so we’ll be adapting this to a tempeh black bean combo, but I’ll use this recipe as the base. YUM!

  19. girl I FEEL YA about football taking over your life. I feel ya. I also am feeling this recipe..I have some leftover pulled chicken from the crockpot yesterday and am thinking I will make these tonight and freeze until the hawk game on saturday!

  20. Tracy 09.25.2013

    I’ve always had the same thought about fantasy football!! I don’t understand it…seems so disloyal to root against your team for the sake of a silly game.

  21. Sarah 09.25.2013

    Sometimes I really wish I lived in America so I could buy all the delicious foods you guys seem to have there. I have no idea where I’d buy chipotle peppers here in Australia but I love them so much that whenever a place I go has chipotle sauce I must have it haha

  22. Lisa 09.25.2013

    Could you cook the pork and roll these ahead of time, baking them right before you want to eat/serve them? (ie, cooking/rolling the day before and popping in the oven before the big game the next day). ;) Thanks!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.25.2013

      I would roll then freeze (directions in the recipe) but I wouldn’t roll then refrigerate as I think the corn tortillas would crack open too much!

  23. Lindsay 09.25.2013

    I’ve been following you for a while now, and I wish that every time you cooked something that the ingredients to make it would magically appear in my kitchen so I could enjoy it too!!

  24. Des 09.25.2013

    Making taquitos is always one of my favorite things to do with pulled pork. I am loving the Chipotle Ranch Dipping sauce with these. Looks fantastic!

  25. C. 09.25.2013

    Ooh yum!! I love taquitos. Your sauce recipe looks amazing too! Can’t wait to try this.

  26. Yummm, these look perfect for a gameday get together!!!

    Also, totally agree with fantasy football and rooting against your fave team!

  27. Carrie Lasich 09.25.2013

    These look like a tasty made-ahead meal for a crowd. Fortunately, I live in an area of the country where I can get fresh corn or flour tortillas in just about every grocery store so plan on making these. Another really easy dipping sauce is to mix salsa and sour cream. But, I drain the extra juice off the salsa before adding it to the sour cream. That way, it doesn’t get too runny. I just put the salsa in a fine sieve, press with a fork and drain off all the excess liquid. Just mix with the sour cream to your taste. You can also try plain Greek yogurt for extra calorie/fat savings.

  28. chipotles in adobo are my favorrrrrrittttte!! these look so good! although i might rather be enjoying them on a sunny summer afternoon, whyyyy do i not love fall like everyone else?! ;) oh ps got this text from my mom tonight “IGE chicken and wild rice soup….amazing” — looks like i know where i’ll be stopping by for leftovers! haha but really :)

  29. Love the look of these so much! PERFECT for my weekend sports-viewing spread!

  30. MaryRuth 09.25.2013

    my life may never be the same after eating these! I wish it wasn’t almost midnight or I’d run to the store right now! these look so good!

  31. Oh goodness – these taquitos look like they’d be addicting! I would have about 12 in a single sitting! And that ranch dipping sauce is the best!

  32. Deanna 09.26.2013

    Hi…Yesterday before leaving for work I had stuck a pork roast in the crock pot, and then read your blog with the Taquito recipe. So I stopped by the grocery store on the way home to pick up some cheese, chipoltle peppers and tortillas. Could not find the queso fresco cheese at my local HyVee, so substituted with Monterey Jack. Also, used the low carb flour tortillas (fewer WW points). My hubby really liked the dipping sauce! I did love the cruchiness of the tortillas after baking. Will definately make these again. Thanks for the recipe…as a fellow Iowa “girl”, I enjoy following your blog.

  33. Kathleen 09.26.2013

    Yum !!!!

  34. M 09.26.2013

    After 4 hours in the crock pot they are finally in the oven- can’t wait! Tried to make them yesterday but didn’t have a crockpot liner!

  35. Courtney 09.27.2013

    I am making this today for a fun Friday night dinner! And pork was one sale at Hy Vee this week, so all the better. :)

    I almost always have chipotle in adobo sitting around my house (it’s my husband’s favorite flavor for things) so I love when I see new ways to make it. And that ranch dressing looks like it would be good on so many things.

  36. […] I made these pulled pork taquitos but dinner sized and then we had a green salad on top that we added a massive amount of tomatoes […]

  37. Aileen 09.29.2013

    I could only find a 6.5 lb pork butt. If I doubled the recipe, how long should it stay in the crockpot? Double the time?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.30.2013

      That’s probably what I’d do, and move the beef from the bottom to the top halfway through so it cooks evenly.

  38. Kathy 09.29.2013

    Made these today and they were a huge hit! Now I am sharing the recipe with friends and family. Sooo yummy!

  39. Lisa 09.30.2013

    This was sooo good. My husband asked where I bought it from. Lol

  40. Julie 10.02.2013

    Oooh! I love a good taquito – especially if I can freeze the extras for a quick dinner/snack later!

  41. Abbey 10.03.2013

    I made these last night and they were awesome! I made a bigger roast and got 30 total taquitos out of it — half for dinner and half went in the freezer for another meal. That.Is.Awesome! I also made the Lazy Girl Guac (the new revised one with just pepper and garlic salt) and my husband raved about it. I do not like avocadoes (I know–I’m weird) but my husband loves them. Apparently it was the BEST guac that I had ever made! Thank you for the new recipe that I am sure will get made again and again in our house :)

  42. Skky 10.05.2013

    Made these last night – with chicken – and they were a hit. I used a dutch oven and four breasts were done in about an hour. Which was great, our mouths were watering from the smell of the seasoning. Great recipe, thank you!

  43. Berlycsr 10.07.2013

    This is my first recipe I’ve made so far from Iowa Girl Treats. They turned out soooo good!!! It was hard to believe how yummy there were because they were just so simple.

  44. Morgan 10.08.2013

    I made these last night and they were deeeelicious! I think the roast I used was a little small, but they came out great! I did have any onion, but the meat was great and very flavorful. Thanks for the super recipe!

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  46. Amy 10.19.2013

    I made these and my husband – who rarely raves about anything but will ate almost anything – couldn’t stop talking about them. After the first bite, he proclaimed there was a flavor party going on in his mouth! LOL. We had plenty to freeze for simple meals later. Thanks for this one, two thumbs up from my house!

  47. Nina 10.20.2013

    HOLY CANNOLI! Thanks for posting this recipe. I made it for my daughter’s first birthday party among other IGE recipes/posts such as Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites and Friday Favorite link, Pizza Monkey Bread. THEY WERE AWESOME. I actually had a 6.5 lb Pork Butt bone in. I make homemade Sicilian Sausage and work with pork butt often so I wasn’t scared of the bone. I just cut the meat away from the bone and weighed the meat I had which was around 5.5 pounds. So I 1.5 times the recipe you had posted. They were a huge hit and unbelievable easy. The only bummer was that I froze them since I made them the night before and they took much longer to bake than you suggested. I live in Colorado at 6,200 ft., so I’m not sure if it was an altitude thing, but they really didn’t brown. It didn’t matter though, everyone loved them. They were a huge it and will now be a staple.

    I might just start a food blog to link to your food blog.

  48. ginny 10.22.2013

    I’ve made these with both pork and chicken and love them! Do you think beef would work? I have stew beef in the fridge but don’t want to make stew…

  49. Andrea 01.24.2014

    These are so amazingly tasty! I did tweak the dipping sauce just a bit and used equal parts of sour cream with ranch and then added Chipotle chili powder to taste. Thank you for another yummy dinner option!!

  50. Susan 01.30.2014

    This sounds great. I can only find bone in pork. Maybe I can try cutting it in chunks around the bone ? Cooking it whole may not be as good.

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