A lean one pot meal literally cooks itself to perfection. I used pork tenderloin, a lean cut of meat to achieve a healthier version of taco or salad bowl if you prefer. The method of slow cooking with a sealed lid whether it be a slow cooker or Le Cruset pot, as I used, will result in a tender, juicy, flavorful meat.
The recipe is pretty simple. Mix the following spices together in a bowl.
2 Tsp ground Cumin
2 Tsp ground Chipotle powder or Chili powder
1 Tsp Mexican or Italian Oregano
1 Tsp Kosher Salt
1 Tsp Adobo Seasoning
1/2 Tsp ground black pepper
Cut the pork tenderloin in 2 or 3 pieces depending on size. You want about a 4-5" piece each.
Coat the pork pieces in the dry rub and sear in a hot pot with 1 Tbs Oil
Sear 2 minutes per side
To the pot add:
1/2 Thinly sliced onion
1-2 chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce chopped and 1 TBS adobo sauce
1/4 cup Orange Juice
Squeeze 1/2 lime
Stir to combine. Cover pot with foil and place lid on top. The foil will seal the pot to allow steam and natural juices to remain in the pot and help to tenderize the meat. Turn burner to low and let simmer for at least 2 hours. After 2 hours, check for fork tender. If the meat easily falls apart, turn off the heat and cover for 10 minutes. Shred the meat with 2 forks and allow the juices to redistribute into the meat.