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Walter Blevins

Walter Blevins
Vista, California, USA
August 22
I'm a 60 year old guy who lives in Vista California with my wife. I spent the 30 years before moving to Cali in Iowa, Wisconsin and North Dakota. And I have 2 grown children, a son and a daughter who live in Virginia and Iowa and a 22 year old step-daughter lives with us here in Vista. I'm a proud grandpa with 2 grandaughters living in Virginia. I like to write about a whole variety of things from my kids to cooking to politics to the car industry to my status as a "Cheap Bastid" and "Old Fart" and just random thoughts. And I really love writing about cooking really good, homecooked comfort food cheap. That's why they call me the Cheap Bastid. By the way--all the stuff I write is my stuff and you can't use it without my official OkeyDokey

JUNE 28, 2011 8:58AM

Cheap Bastid's Green Chili Pork Chop Taco

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So it’s been a while since Cheap Bastid posted a recipe.  Mainly because life has been frantic and goofy and Cheap Bastid hasn’t had a whole lot of inspiration.  I’ve been cooking a lot but not working much on new recipes.


But, Sunday came and it’s been really busy.  I spent most of the day doing yardwork at my Mama Stella’s house.  Mrs. CB has only been home 2 or 3 nights the last couple of weeks.  She’s been staying a lot at Mama Stella’s who was recently diagnosed with a serious, systemic cancer. 


Anyway, I was home alone and hungry.  And I wanted something easy.  I took out a pork chop with the intent of making sweet and sour pork.  Then I thought to myself, “Self, let’s do up some tacos with the pork chop.”  So I did.  What I wanted was something with some crispiness to it and with some flavor.  And I managed to get it. 



taco with green chile  


Now I didn’t take any pictures last night.  I was tired and hungry and not thinking of a Cheap Bastid post.  But, I managed to click a few tonight when I made leftovers.  And tonight I used some left over flatbread rather than tortillas (especially since the tortillas I used last night had been frozen so long that they were kind of tough and crumbly). So here’s what I did:


 Cheap Bastid’s Green Chili Pork Chop Taco


  • ½ lb pork chop (I used a boneless sirloin chop)
  • 1 cup Lettuce
  • 1 tomato diced
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • Tortillas or flat bread
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Chipotle or cayenne
  • Chili powder
  • Salt
  • Salsa Verde or Chili Verde (I used canned because it’s what I had)



Tenderize the porkchop in a plastic bag (whomp on it with a sauce pan or meat tenderizer until it’s about ½ inch thick).  Cut the pork chop into ½ inch cubes.  Put the cubes of meat in a bowl and add the lime juice, chipotle/cayenne, chili powder and salt along with a good squirt of vegetable oil (a tablespoon or 2).  Stir to coat and then add the cornstarch and stir it up again.  Let this sit for a bit.


Next cut up your veggies.  Dice the tomato and onion and cut or tear the lettuce into strips. 


sauteing pork 


Put a sauté pan on the stove over medium high heat.  Add a couple of tablespoons of oil and let the pan get hot.  Then add the meat.  Stir it so that the individual cubes separate.  You want a bit of heat so that the cornstarch helps the meat to get nice and crispy.  This will take 5-7 minutes to cook.  When done, remove the pan from the stove and you’re ready to build your tacos. 


Heat the tortillas or flatbread in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds on high to get them warm and pliable.  The lay down some meat, lettuce, tomato, and onion.  On top of this, add some salsa verde or chili verde.  Now if you want a bit more heat, go ahead and add some hot sauce or more cayenne or whatever floats your boat.  These were good with a hint of heat and a hint of acid from the lime.  You can even add shredded cheese if you want.


This was just something I made up and threw together.  It was actually really, really tasty.  And really, really cheap.  This made a half dozen tacos—enough for a dinner for 2 (actually for dinner last night and a good mini-meal when I got home from work Monday night.


taco with green chile finished 


The Cheap Bastid Test:  Well, the chop was a half pound and I bought it for about $2.50 a pound, so it cost $1.25.  The can of salsa verde was $.89, the tomato cost about $.35 and the onion was about $.20.  And let’s just say that the tortillas cost about $.75.  So what was the total?  If my arithmetic is correct, it was $3.49.  Not bad.  These would have cost about 2 bucks each at our favorite taco joint or $8.  And I definitely liked the way the lime and seasonings and salsa verde played with each other and the meat to create a terrific taste.


 That’s the Cheap Bastid Way:  Eat Good, Eat Cheap. Be Grateful!

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Oh, I'd love that right now for lunch!
Me too walter.. get that cookbook out..
Thanks Gary. Thanks Linda--this was just an impromptu thing I did Sunday night and then thought to photograph as left-overs last night. But it was sure tasty--and cheap.
Building tacos! What a good food contractor you are, CB!
mhold--thanks. being hungry and just home from work can work wonders for inspiration.
Now normally I would not think of Pork Chop and Taco together but, damn man, this looks good, and you can't beat the price either
God this looks GREAT! r.
I am so hungry now! This looks simple and yummy, oh hell yes, thank you :)
Owl--thanks. it was tasty, easy and cheap

Torman--me either, but it sure worked. I definitely liked the little bit of crispiness that the cornstarch and using a hotter than usual pan created.

Jon--thanks. Next time I'm going to try it with a bit of steak--going for that carne asada taste

Lunchlady--thanks. I'm sure you know all the ins and outs of doing stuff like this with shredded pork or beef though.
YUM! I am definitely making these tacos!
CheapCountryWoman--what I liked was the texture and crispness. It's definitely different than using shredded pork or beef.
Simple is tasty. Looks like this was. Any left? I'll come by.
Sorry Pilgrim--no leftovers. I finished those Monday night right after they got their pictures taken for this post.