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Slow Cooker Week Winner

15 Comments | Written on December 29, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

Congratulations to Lisa Huff!  This “Snappy Gourmet” is our latest winner in the weekly contest.  Wait until you see her recipe!

Needless to say it was a “snap” to make these Asian-style tacos in the slow cooker.  Plus, her addition of the broccoli slaw makes this effortless recipe a complete meal.  This recipe also reheats well and you will be excited to have another taco for lunch the next day!

Remember, if you love Crock-Pot cooking, make sure to check out our Triple Crock-Pot Prize Package Giveaway this week!

General Tso’s Slow-cooked Pork Tacos With Orange-Broccoli Slaw

(click here to view and print recipe) 



2 cups Chicken Broth

1 (8 Oz.) Bottle Hoisin Sauce

? cup White Vinegar

¼ cup Reduced-sodium Soy Sauce

¼ cup Granulated Sugar

¼ cup Cornstarch

5 Garlic Cloves, minced

3 Tbsp Minced Fresh Ginger

1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

2½ lb Pork Tenderloin, or any amount that will fit into your slow cooker


? cup Orange Juice

? cup Olive Oil

½ cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro

2 (10 Oz.) Packages Broccoli Slaw, or cabbage slaw

Soft Tortillas


1. Whisk together broth, hoisin sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, and red pepper in a slow cooker until well combined.

2. Add pork to slow cooker and spoon some sauce over top. Cook on low heat setting for 6-8 hours. Remove pork from slow cooker and shred with 2 forks. Place pork in serving dish and coat with desired amount of sauce from slow cooker.

3. Meanwhile, as pork is cooking, whisk together orange juice, olive oil, and cilantro in large bowl. Stir in broccoli slaw. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

4. To serve, top tortillas with pulled pork and slaw.

Helpful Tips:

I would suggest sticking with the reduced-sodium soy sauce so that the dish doesn’t taste too salty. You can serve the pork and slaw in tortillas or you can also serve the pork with rice or noodles. You could use chicken legs/thighs instead of the pork. Instead of the broccoli slaw you can substitute shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix.

Congratulations Lisa!  How did you come up with your winning recipe?  

I write a food blog, Snappy Gourmet, and I’m always trying to create and try new recipes.  Cooking and creating recipes is a passion of mine!  Recently, my family got Chinese take-out from a local restaurant and I loved the General Tso’s Chicken!!!  However,  the chicken was battered, deep fried, and drenched in a sweet sauce making it time consuming and not an every day healthy option at home.  I decided to try similar flavors in my slow cooker for a quicker and healthier option.  I also decided to give the dish a Mexican twist serving it in soft tortillas to get my kids to try it.  Instead of serving it with broccoli on the side like many Chinese restaurants I decided to use broccoli slaw to top the tacos.  It was an instant hit with my family and friends!

What inspired you to enter the Better Recipes weekly contest?

I love cooking and creating recipes!  I’m always trying to come up with new ideas to get my husband and kids to try new foods.  When I heard about the Better Recipes weekly contest I knew this would be a great recipe to enter and knew I had nothing to lose by entering!

Why do you think your recipe stood out to the judges?

I think my recipe stood out because it takes a few new twists on an old classic dish.  It combines Asian and Mexican flavors, it’s quick and easy with the help of a slow cooker, and it’s a healthier option than the original recipe and still full of flavor!

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering our recipe contests?

Get in the kitchen and start cooking!  Start with recipes or foods you are familiar with then try  giving them new twists.  Be sure to have a notebook handy and write everything down as you’re cooking. It’s easy to forget details when you start typing recipes later on!

Do you have any plans for the prize money?  Any plans if you should win the grand prize?

I’d like to put the prize money towards a photography class and possibly a new lens for my camera.  I love taking pictures of food and know the class and lens will be put to good use!  If I win the grand prize, I think a family trip to Florida may be in the future!

Do you have any other kitchen tips, recipe advice or culinary wisdom to share with the Better Recipes readers?

My best advice is to have fun in the kitchen!  If you’re just learning to cook, start with what you know such as classic recipes and familiar ingredients.  Build on what you know adding new ingredients, combining recipes, or adding new twists to your favorites.

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