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Big changes are coming for the Flavor Mosaic family very soon! No, there is no stork delivering a little bundle of joy. However, a big change is coming that is going to require us to be eating simple dinners, and more budget friendly summer meals for awhile.
Drum roll please….Mr. Flavor Mosaic is starting his own business. He is becoming an entrepreneur! It is exciting, a little scary, and while the future looks promising, it means in the short term, we have to stretch every dollar in our budget while he gets his business off the ground.
Stretching a dollar is not new to us. I was the youngest of five kids growing up and Mr. Flavor Mosaic was raised by his single, working mom, which meant money was always tight. I have learned that one of the best ways to stretch those dollars during tight times, especially around the 1st and 15th of each month, when bills come due, is to reduce the grocery bill. Even though we will save money, we will still have simple but wholesome budget friendly meals like this Zesty Ranch Slow Cooker Carnitas.
My sister and brother-in-law were coming for dinner this weekend, and I needed to keep this meal under $20 if we are going to stay on budget. One way I save money is to stock up on items when they are on sale, like these Kraft Ranch Salad Dressings and Zesty Italian Dressings when they are on rollback at Walmart.
We like to put cheese on our Zesty Ranch Slow Cooker Carnitas tacos. And I scored these Kraft Pepper Jack Natural Cheese Big Slices on rollback in the packaged deli aisle of the store.
Off to the meat section for the pork shoulder and to the produce section for the tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, cilantro, and limes. Pick up some flour tortillas, and I have everything I need for our Zesty Ranch Slow Cooker Carnitas.
What I love about these Zesty Ranch Slow Cooker Carnitas, other than being budget friendly, is that the recipe is so simple. The slow cooker does all the work. In the morning I season the pork shoulder with salt, pepper, and cumin, mix together the Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing with olive oil and pour it over the pork in the slow cooker and then cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Then I am free for the day to get things done.
After about 8 hours when the pork is tender, I shred the pork with two forks and then put it back in the slow cooker to absorb the flavorful juices. Shortly before serving, I prepare the pico de gallo and warm up the tortillas. Then people can make their own tacos with the pork carnitas, Kraft Pepper Jack Natural Slices cheese, pico de gallo, and Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing.
Also, for a variation, try using my Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing with the tacos.
Then I have a delicious, wholesome meal for 6 that everyone loves for only $20. What will you make with the Kraft products on rollback at Walmart?
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Zesty Ranch Slow Cooker Carnitas - A Simple Budget Friendly Meal
- Rinse and dry the pork shoulder. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cumin. Mix the Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing with the olive oil and pour over pork.
- Place the pork in a slow cooker. Pour the chicken broth over the pork. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 hours to 5 hours.
- Once the meat is tender, remove from slow cooker and pull it apart with two forks. Place the pork back into the slow cooker to absorb the flavor of the liquid.
- Meanwhile, make the pico de gallo, according to the recipe.
- Place the flour tortillas between two paper towels on a plate. Microwave for about 30 seconds to heat them and make them pliable.
- To assemble the carnitas, place 2 to 3 tablespoons of the pork into the tortilla, top with 1/3 of a slice of cheese. Add pico de gallo, and drizzle with Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing. Enjoy!
If you like this recipe try my Slow Cooker Country Style Pork Ribs.
Or try these kid-friendly Slow Cooker Pizza Sloppy Joes.
Or for a healthier option try my Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore.
or try my Slow Cooker Asian Sesame Meatballs.