Pork chops (grilled, of course).
Any part of the pig with BBQ sauce on it.
But NONE of it compares to the best way to make pork ever!
Pulled pork, slow-cooked all day in a crock pot, and covered in deliciousness. You can make it sweet, tangy, spicy, or any combo. Or, give it a Mexican flair with some cumin and chipotle, or add pineapple with a chile sauce for famous Tacos Al Pastor.
Plus, it’s about the easiest thing to make – throw in a pork roast (really, any cut of pork roast has worked for us), toss in the spices, and you’ll have something great in about 6-8 hours. Most of the time I don’t even measure. I’m usually throwing in chili powder, garlic, maybe a jalapeno, and I’ve even done orange juice before.
But recently, we wanted some nachos, and we needed a sweet pork recipe.
Since we’ve gone the real food route (going on 2 years now), nachos have been squeezed out of our diet. An old favorite of ours, but we couldn’t justify GMO tortilla chips fried in canola oil and slathered in unhealthy toppings.
Then we discovered something magical. Amazing. Like a unicorn frolicking through a meadow right up to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
We found healthy tortilla chips!
At good ol’ Costco too. Family size bag for less than 5 bones. Cooked in organic sunflower oil and made with certified organic corn? Yes, please.
Throw in that they don’t carry a long-winded list of chemicals AND they’re flipping delicious…. Winner, winner, nacho dinner.
I’d suggest grabbing a bag of those to go with nachos, guacamole, or salsa. We’ve also seen organic corn tortillas that you could cut and fry, or find some healthy organic brands online without added junk.
This dinner wins because it’s a favorite that you can easily make healthy. It’s definitely kid-friendly, it makes a TON, plus it requires about 5 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at dinnertime to whip up.
We like this pork because it’s definitely sweet, but a hint of spiciness to it. The chipotle powder REALLY adds a great flavor, but you can leave that out if you don’t want the spice or the slight Latin twist.
This pork is perfect for nachos, but you could easily crisp up the shredded pork under the broiler or in a pan to use for some amazing carnitas tacos as well.
Shoot, double the recipe, freeze half of it, and have great taco, quesadilla, or enchilada filling next week too.
Healthy Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork Nachos
Sweet and Spicy Pork
- 2-3 Pounds pastured pork roast
- 3/4 Cup raw honey (Check out this infographic about the health benefits of raw honey!)
- 1/2 Cup organic brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1 Can green chilies
- 3 Cloves garlic
- 1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 2 Teaspoons chili powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 Teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1/2 Cup chicken stock
- Healthy tortilla chips – we buy the Costco organic brand. You can find baked versions online. Make sure the corn is organic, that it doesn’t use an unhealthy oil, and remains free of additives
- Raw cheddar cheese
- Green chilies
- Sour cream (Daisy brand has no additives)
- Guacamole (just mix an avocado with salsa!)
- Toss the pork into a slow cooker and add all the ingredients. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or until pork shreds easily.
- Shred the pork and cook on low for another hour.
- On a baking sheet or oven-safe plate or bowl (we used a pie tin for the two of us), pile a bunch of chips. Top with the shredded pork, cheese, and any other ingredients you want heated up. We usually do everything but the sour cream and guacamole. You can even do a layer of chips, pork, cheese, and repeat.
- Put into preheated oven and cook a few minutes, until the cheese is melted.
- Add any additional ingredients from the list above and enjoy! You’ll have extra pork, so save for another day of nachos, tacos, or enchiladas.
Erin and Cameron Smith, owners of Eat Real Stay Sane, teach people how to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes eating real food, eliminating toxins, and overcoming chronic illness. The secret for them has been to cook homemade substitutes of foods they like – but with healthy ingredients. Get their free ebook, “Guilty Pleasure Recipes Without the Guilt.” You can follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram