This holiday season, we’ve partnered with Smithfield to bring you maybe the best holiday dish we’ve ever made! This dish reminds us of what you might get if poutine and nachos had a baby…at holiday time! It’s our Holiday Tachos (Tater Tot Nachos) and the flavors really capture the taste of holiday season and features the always yummy Smithfield Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin.

This dish is fantastic for various occasions, including holiday entertaining, game day tailgating or homegating, a fun weekend brunch or a hearty weeknight dinner! It takes less than 30 minutes to make and doesn’t require any elevated cooking skills. So much flavor, so little work! Score!

Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Smithfield Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin, sliced into thin 1/2”-wide strips
  • 1 1/2 cups butternut squash, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups apples, diced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 4 pinches of nutmeg
  • Splash of hard apple cider
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, plus more for garnish
  • 4-5 sage leaves, thinly sliced (chiffonade), plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup brie, pulled into curd-like pieces
  • Shaved fontina cheese, to taste*
  • 1 (32-oz) bag store-bought tater tots, cooked

    *You can substitute in Parmesan cheese if you can’t find fontina.

Directions:

  1. Add the shredded cheddar cheese into a small sauce pan over medium high heat. As it melts, add in the milk and a pinch of nutmeg. Blend well into a cheesy sauce. Set aside. (Your best bet is to keep it warm while you prepare the rest of the dish but do not overcook or burn).
  2. Add vegetable oil into a large skillet over medium-high to high heat. Add in the pork strips and sauté until they’re browned and cooked through. Set aside.
  3. In the same skillet (without cleaning it), add in the squash and apple pieces. Sauté for about 3-4 minutes and then add in the dried cranberries. Also add 3 pinches of nutmeg. Cook for another couple minutes and then spoon the mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  4. Without adjusting the heat under the skillet, deglaze the skillet with splash of hard cider. (Feel free to use non-alcoholic cider if you prefer). Use a whisk to help blend the bits on the bottom of the skillet into the cider.
  5. Then add 1/2 cup of chicken broth into the skillet, continuing to whisk as you add in the liquid.
  6. Whisk the cornstarch into the remaining 1/2 cup of chicken broth and add that into the skillet as well.
  7. Add into the skillet 2 sprigs of rosemary and a cinnamon stick. Stir well.
  8. As you stir, the broth mixture will begin to bubble and thicken. Continue to stir well as it does to prevent the possibility of clumping.
  9. Once the broth begins to take on a gravy-like texture, add back into the skillet the squash, apples, cranberries and pork. Mix well into the gravy so everything is evenly coated. Add in the sage and given another stir. Remove from heat.
  10. To build your tachos, combine your tater tots and brie crumbles on a large serving plate. Then shave fontina cheese, to taste, atop both. Top with the pork and fruit/veggie gravy mixture and then pour over everything the cheddar cheese sauce. Garnish with more sage and serve!

PRO TIPS:

  • Smithfield’s Marinated Fresh Pork is available in an assortment of mouthwatering flavors, including Roasted Garlic & Herb, Sweet Teriyaki, Steakhouse Mushroom and Applewood Smoked Bacon. More flavors to try!
  • They also come in a variety of cuts, including pork roasts, loin filets, chops and tenderloins and can be cubed or sliced (as in this recipe) for even faster cooking.
  • We love Smithfield pork because it’s made from 100% fresh pork and without any artificial ingredients.
  • Pick up your Smithfield pork for this recipe at select grocery stores nationwide, including Walmart, ShopRite, Publix and Albertsons/Safeway.

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