ICUs and Mini Tacos

Some behavior is hospital appropriate. Other behavior is not.

When you’re in the hospital, I expect you to be physically sick. You’re coughing. You’re vomiting, You’re in a ton of pain. You’re having high fevers. You’re having a heart attack. You’re undergoing surgery. The list goes on and on for what symptoms I’m expecting you to have when you present as a patient on a non-psychiatric floor.

And as I said, there are some things I don’t expect you to do.

We had a younger guy admitted to the ICU back when I was in medical school. Now, most ICUs (or intensive care units, for the non-medical peeps out there) are for the very sickest patients. They’re about the least private place in the hospital, with many of them (including the one at our hospital) have entirely glass walls, so that you can always see into the room.

Which didn’t stop this particular patient. When he first was admitted, he kept leering at most of the female doctors and nurses. We all just thought he was a bit of a creep, but we certainly didn’t expect what happened next.

We were about to start rounding in the morning when one of our residents ran into the workroom.

Resident: Oh my god! Ewww! Yuck!!! Why would you do that???

Rest of the Medical Staff: What? What happened?

Resident: Mister So-and-So was jacking off when I walked into the room! And he didn’t stop! I had to bring someone else in there to tell him it wasn’t appropriate! Thank god I couldn’t see anything!

Needless to say, rounds that morning included lecturing the patient on keeping it in pants (or in his case, under his hospital gown).

Party Appropriate Mini Pork Tacos

Mini Pulled Pork Tacosit’s always appropriate to whip these out


  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 c black bean and corn salsa
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced into small pieces
  • 1 onion, diced into small pieces
  • 24 wonton wrappers (square and circular both work)
  • 1 c shredded 2% mexican cheese blend
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, black olives, lettuce, diced tomatoes


  1. In a slow cooker, mix together salsa, garlic, jalapeno, and onion. Add in pork.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours. Shred pork and add back to salsa mixture.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Place wonton wrappers into a mini muffin tin. (If you don’t want to use the pork, start at this step with 1 lb cooked meat, warmed, or 1 can black beans, also heated.)
  5. Evenly divide meat between the wonton wrappers.
  6. Evenly divide cheese between wonton wrappers.
  7. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and wonton wrappers are beginning to brown.
  8. Remove from mini muffin tin and serve. Allow guests to put on their own toppings!

Perfect for your Superbowl party!

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59 thoughts on “ICUs and Mini Tacos

  1. Did you see my wonton wrapper tacos that I just posted a few days ago? Very similar and delicious if you have more wrappers to use up and want a variation on the meat- I used chicken! Yum.

    1. Haha I hadn’t, actually! I wrote this post a while ago but just hadn’t had the time to post it since work has been so busy. I’ll have to try your recipe with the rest of my wrappers!

  2. Funny story!! I am actually making a pork roast for our work Superbowl fundraiser, but I am almost ready to modify my idea and make these!! Just don’t think I could do enough shells to keep em coming at work. Tempting to do at home, though!!! Thank you!

  3. Funny story!! Ok- kinda gross, too… I am actually making a chipotle/ dr pepper pork roast I saw at Pioneer Woman, and using your idea with the won ton wrappers is very tempting- but this is a fundraiser feed for work, and I don’t think I could keep enough wonton wrappers coming. Want to do this at home, though.

    1. You could always make them more folded taco-style than with the mini muffin tins…or you could just use the leftovers!

      1. What a great lead into your recipe 🙂 Funny story, as awkward as it may have been. The recipe looks delicious and Superbowl Sunday (or any day) approved. Thanks for checking out my blog. I can’t wait to look through more of your recipes.

      2. Thanks! I couldn’t think of a more appropriate recipe to pair with this story

  4. That looks like a great recipe, and I love pork.

  5. Omg. Thinking he needs transferred out of ICU if he’s independently capable of doing that. These tacos look sooo yum.

    1. Yeah he seemed a bit too healthy to be there…

  6. I only ever saw that behaviour in locked psych wards, although I did catch a male visitor with a female patient in her bed one night.

    The tacos look great.

    1. Well all sorts of craziness does happen in the delivery ward…there’s some rumor that sex can help labor go faster…

      1. I think when the time is right, the time is right 🙂

  7. Never a dull moment in your life.

  8. They look really good! I will try this out!!!!

  9. These are by far more appropriate to whipping out! lol Looks delicious 🙂

  10. The nursing home I worked at had a small problem with things like that, but those guys were senile and it was a little expected.

  11. OMG, that is just nasty. 🙂 That’s all I have to say.

  12. OMG – that’s hysterical! And the tacos look delicious!

  13. … I understand being a doctor have its “too much” moments … and quite often.

  14. Our special ed boys had a few moments of this…right in the classroom…I believe I heard and saw it all…
    a teacher friend threatened to close the huge dictionary on it…

  15. Let me see here… I’m going to guess that “ICU” is overused as a pun in these cases?

    1. Sadly that wasn’t intended when I started writing this…

  16. A bit of healthy pleasure to offset the pain can’t be so horrible. Think of the lovely endorphin release! 😉

    1. I’m still going to maintain that a hospital is a bit too public for that endorphin release 😉

      1. Ha ha! Touche`….just not visibly …

  17. Funny story, as usual. And delicious looking tacos.

    1. They were a hit at the superbowl party this year!

  18. Oh my word, I’m dying here. Too funny. Keep it up!

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  20. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman February 5, 2013 — 10:20 am

    I was going to hit “like” but thought I would make sure I was liking the recipe and that the story was funny..not that I liked what he was doing. LOL I am sure your hospital stories only get more interesting with working in a hospital! Patty

    1. It’s okay- I assumed that you liked the post and not the behavior 😉

      1. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman February 5, 2013 — 9:06 pm

        hee hee – oh the stories you must have!

  21. I was doing a QMP(pt did not have ins, and without ins and a non medical emergency we do a QMP and request $150 for the pt to continue treatment at our ER), and said pt was a female around my age in for vaginal discharge. She was in the gown when I went in to tell her… to which she replied ok well I can’t pay and I told her ok fine, please sign my paper.

    Well, next she stands up… drops the gown. She’s bottom naked with a bra on. She stands there asking what she could use otc. Mind you I’m in registration, not a nurse. So I suggest getting checked at a walkin and maybe monistat…..

    She’s still naked… signs my paper, then grabs her underwear and puts them on while I’m giving her the copy of the paper. I try to explain about calling the COB in 3 days to follow up with any triage charge and THANK GOD someone else walks in and I skurry out!

    1. Oh dear- you have to love the people who are okay with their own nudity!

  22. I wasn’t expecting that. Nor the pork mini tacos. But one is a great story and the other ….a comment on the guy’s brain size??? Fun post.

  23. That’s hilarious. I never get hospital stories that good from the medical pros in my life. I’ll be following you right back! Those tacos looks pretty tasty

    1. Thanks! Maybe I just have more awkward moments than your medical pros?

  24. Lol
    Those tacos look very tasty !

  25. Thanks for the delicious looking recipe and belly laugh along with it!

  26. Good morning! I wanted to stop by and say thank you for visiting my blog, and better yet,following! 🙂 I stopped by to check yours out, and you had me laughing with the masturbation/taco combo!!! Have a great day. Marie

  27. Is it completely crazy that this makes me even more excited to become a physician? Haha…some crazy things go down in the hospital!

    1. Then continue reading- I have plenty of medical stories 🙂

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