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While I love to cook and usually I cook from scratch, once in a while it’s nice to use some of the wonderful products that are out there and can make our lives a little easier. Recently, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of ready-made sauces that are available. There are some great ones out there! One of the brands I really like is the Frontera line. This line of sauces and salsa’s is put out by Chef Rick Bayless. Chef Bayless specializes in Mexican cooking. He has spent time traveling throughout Mexico to learn the different cooking techniques used in the various regions.

With the Frontera sauces, Chef Bayless has released a variety of delicious sauces that can help to make a wonderful Mexican meal incredibly easy to make. From the picture above, you can see most of the Frontera sauces available. I buy them at the Raleys/Nob Hill stores.

Last night, we had pork carnitas and they were fantastic! Before leaving for church, I put a pork roast in the slow cooker and poured one bag of the Frontera Garlicky Carnitas sauce over the roast, making sure to cover it as completely as possible. I cooked it on low for about 8 hours. At that point, I took a couple of forks and shredded the meat in the slow cooker. I stirred it up thoroughly, so all the meat was coated with the sauce and then let it cook for another hour. I had some of my Mexican Pinto Beans in the freezer (see previous blog post for this recipe), so I had pulled those out the day before to thaw in the fridge. I put those on the stove and let them simmer on low for a couple of hours. I made some taco rice by mixing instant brown rice, water, salsa and a little taco seasoning mix.

My husband is the master tortilla fryer, so he fried up some corn tortillas. I cut calories and pass on those and use lowfat flour tortillas (not fried). We topped our tacos with guacamole, fat free sour cream, fat free shredded cheese, salsa, diced red onions and Tapatio hot sauce. Yumm!

Need a slow cooker or Frontera sauces? They can all be purchased at Amazon.com. The sauce mixes are sold in bulk packs of 6 at a pretty good price.