When Kayla came a bit ago, she brought with a big pork roast and said that her and Spencer couldn’t use it so would of I? YES please. I never turn down free meat.
I started to debate how I was going to use it. We’re big fans of pulled pork…or just a roast cooked in sauerkraut but instead of either of those, I made chalupa meat. It’s one of those recipes I forget about and don’t make as often as I should. Karl and I have been on a Mexican Food kick so this was perfect.
Here’s the recipe:
This came from a church cookbook from Lawler, Iowa. The lady who wrote the recipe was our neighbor when we lived in Lawler. She was a chatty and often talked when we were out mowing lawn at the same time.
This time when I made it I wanted to try it in the instant pot. It would be so much easier. I did include the original recipe with the original instructions so those of you who don’t have an instant pot could make it as well.
Here are the modifications I used with the Instant Pot…I put all of the ingredients listed in the Instant Pot along with 8 cups of water. I used the meat setting and put it on for 70 minutes. I like the meat to peel apart.
I did quick release. I drained the water off but reserved it. I put the meat on a cutting board and shredded it, cutting it into bit sized pieces.
I used a potato masher and mashed the beans….then added the meat and stirred. It was dry so I added back some of the liquid. From there I added salt and pepper to taste.
That’s your Chalupa Meat. From there we all eat it a little differently. Sometimes as a meat for tacos. Sometimes as a filling for burritos…my favorite way is this….
Bake tator tots in the air fryer or however you do that.
Put them in a bowl. Put chalupa meat over this….then some shredded cheese.
I pop it in the microwave to melt the cheese then eat with sour cream.
This is my lazy way to eat it. If I’m feeling a little more ambitious and I have them in stock, I might add tomatos or banana peppers…I’m not a jalapeno girl but for some of you, you might enjoy that.
The original recipe says feeds 8. That is a lie. This could easily be enough meat to double that amount.
I made a batch and Karl has been having it all week for his lunch at work…Truthfully it’s been my lunch here too. That’s how I know this will feel way more than 8 people.
The meat does end up with a “not so typical” taste. I think it’s the cinnamon in the recipe and so often we don’t associate a cinnamon flavor with meat. If you give a try, let me know what you think.