Today I want to take a minute to talk about cooking in the slow cooker or crock pot. It is such a simple way to have dinner ready and on the table when you want it without too much labor on your part. I love making taco meat in my slow cooker, and often share it with family and friends. These mango pork tacos were a real hit with my extended family.
The problem was keeping them warm while we drove the hour to see the family, and keeping it from sloshing out and making a mess in my car. I thought I would overcome these obstacles by just bringing the ingredients and crock pot and cooking them there. But I ran into some delays, and the result was dinner was not ready when it was time to eat. We ended up going out instead.
So I decided to try again the next time we went down to visit. I knew my family would love these tacos, so I cooked them at home and then brought the meat already cooked. So how did I overcome the obstacles of keeping it warm and keeping it from spilling and sloshing in my car? Lucky for me Bellemain sent me this awesome Slow Cooker Bag #crockbagmedium to test and review for you!
The bag fit around my crockpot, and made it so I could safely arrive at my family’s home with dinner ready to enjoy!
Here is what Bellemain has to say about this bag:
- Insulated Material Keeps Food at the Right Temperature: Hot foods stay hot and cold foods stay cold inside this thermal insulated bag.
- Heavy-Duty Carrying Handles for Extra Security: Two outer straps are made of super-strong nylon webbing to take the weight of a fully loaded cooker without tearing or ripping away from the bag. And the bag itself is tough, heavy-gauge nylon that won’t split or come apart at the seams.
- Cooker Lid Tie-Down for No-Spill Travel: Inside the bag is another strap that keeps the cooker lid from coming off during transport, and adds even more stability to the bag.
- 270° Zipper Allows Easy Access: It’s easy to load and unload the cooker from the carrying bag — just unzip the sturdy zipper all the way around and flip open the top. It also makes cleaning easier. (The bag can be washed by hand when needed.)
- 1 Year Warranty: Heavy-duty construction and materials are guaranteed to perform to your satisfaction, so you can share your culinary masterpieces with pride and confidence.
I was pretty excited to receive this bag and find out for myself if all these great claims were true. Here is what I found out:
- Great construction. The bag looks and feels like quality. I have only used it a couple of times, but the straps seem very durable and the stitching is strong. I have not seen any tearing or coming away from the bag despite a very full crock.
- Easy to get around the crockpot. You don’t have to fight to get the crockpot into it and risk spilling the content in the process.
- Kept the food warm as promised for our 1 hour drive.
- Has velcro straps that loop through the handles and kept the lid on tight! So nice to not worry about spills. I would even trust this with a soup in it.
- Does not take up much space in my kitchen, it lays flat when not in use.
- Easy to clean.
- The size did not work for all my crockpots. I have several, but it works well with a 6 QT crock like the Hamilton Beach.
I honestly can’t think of anything else bad to say about it. It met my expectations perfectly, and was exactly what I wanted it to be!
As you can see, it is great for anyone who has a crockpot that it will fit, and who finds themselves transporting food, whether to family or friend’s for holidays and parties, potluck, church events, or some other venue.
I was thrilled that the mango pork tacos arrived warm, and my backseat did not have grease and mango juice splattered from the lid moving while we drove.
So let’s get to the recipe: I am part of a freezer meal swap group, and one of the members brought a mango pork to the exchange. It was pretty good, so I asked for the recipe, and have altered it just slightly for our tastes to make these tacos. The original recipe is from OnceAMonthMeals.com and can be found here.
I then make griddle tacos, which I love, using corn tortillas, cheese, and a homemade onion and cilantro salsa that compliments the mango pork to perfection.
Slow Cooker Mango Pork Tacos
- 2 lb pork roast pork loin or tenderloin is best
- 16 ounce bag of frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 1/2 Tbs brown sugar can substitute honey or agave
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning blend
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 3 Tbs corn starch
- 12 corn tortillas
- 1 cup Mexican Cheese Blend or shredded cheese of choice
Onion and Cilantro Salsa
- 1/2 white or yellow onion chopped
- 1/2 bunch cilantro chopped
- 2 Tbs lime juice fresh is best
- a pinch of salt
- In a small bowl mix together Marinade ingredients.
- Add pork roast to slow cooker, and dump marinade sauce over top
- Add frozen mango to slow cooker
- and Cook on high 4-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours
- When finished cooking, shred pork and set aside
- Chop onions and cilantro, and combine in medium sized bowl, stir in lime juice and a pinch of salt, set aside
- Spray a griddle with cooking spray and heat 300 degrees,
- Once hot, place corn tortillas on the griddle and sprinkle with cheese and a couple TBS of the shredded mango pork
- When tortilla starts to get crispy, remove from griddle, top with onion and cilantro salsa, and serve!
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
This pork is very versatile, you can serve it over rice or in a burrito. We just love griddle tacos, so that was the perfect use for my family.
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