This recipe features our pre-cooked 48 hour smoked and pulled pork or beef. However, you could use a smoker at home or even an insta pot to get the shredded meat from a pork or beef roast.
I just really like having a 'instant' good meal where I can pull something out of the freezer and a few minutes later have dinner on the table.
You can use a pre-packaged spice mix if you'd like - any favorite taco mix works well. Here are the spices I settled on to make a pre-mix that is ready to have on hand.
Here are some advantages of making your own:
Seriously, if you only listen to one of my cooking tips, this is a top contender: The secret to fantastic tacos, beans, lentils and even guacamole is fresh cumin.
We buy our cocoa and other commonly use dried spices in bulk. I buy WAY too much cocoa at once here but you can get a more reasonable amount on amazon here. Here is the oregano and paprika we use too (both smoked and non-smoked are good to have around)
It is WAY less expensive to buy these in bulk - you can reseal them and keep in the freezer if you aren't using them frequently. But things like cocoa powder are going to last a long time in ball jars in your basement. We use a lot of cocoa powder and that's why I buy 12kg at a time (which is totally excessive)