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Thanks to ground pork, these easy pork tacos come together quickly. You can even do the filling in advance. Go to Crave-Worthy Ground Pork Taco Recipe or read on for our tips on how to make it.
Why I love this pork taco recipe
It's no secret that we love tacos around here. We've made them with shrimp, beef, roasted vegetables, and, more recently, shredded chicken. Although we've shared a ton of taco recipes with you, we've always missed the pork! Well thanks to these craving tacos they have been remedied and you know what, they could be my current favorite.
- These pork tacos are FAST and very easy to make.
- The filling of the block can be done and stored safely up to three or four days in advance.
- They adapt to your favorite taco seasonings. I love using our homemade mix, but you can easily swap it for your favorite store-bought mixes.
- You can add just about anything to the top of the tacos, I've shared my favorite pork taco ingredients below.
Pork taco ingredients
The ingredient list for these easy tacos is short, that's why I'm hailing this as one of the best dinner recipes we've shared. This is what you will need:
- Ground pork or bulk sausage (chorizo sausage would be amazing, we all use chorizo to make scrambled eggs with chorizo).
- Oil or butter to cook the ground pork.
- The taco seasoning makes them tasty. I use our homemade mix, but you can use store-bought condiments.
- Tortillas and your favorite ingredients for tacos.
Our seasoning mix for homemade tacos
As I mentioned earlier, I love using my own seasoning mix for these tacos. You can use store bought, but I highly recommend our mix. It is much tastier, easier to make, and can be stored for months in your spice cabinet.
Most of the ingredients are likely already in your spice cabinet. Here is a list of the spices you will need:
- Chili powder: we recommend our homemade chili powder. Your favorite store-bought chili powder also works.
- Ground Cumin – Adds an earthy, smoky flavor. It is common in Tex-Mex, Mexican and curry recipes.
- Hot Smoked Paprika – This adds a hot, smoky flavor. Chipotle chili powder is a great alternative.
- Ground coriander: This adds a light citrus flavor.
- Cayenne pepper: this adds heat. Add as much or as little as necessary for your desired spice level.
You could stop there and the tacos will be absolutely delicious (promise). However, if you really want to remove these pork tacos from the park, add powdered mushrooms.
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I know powdered mushroom sounds weird, but trust me, it adds tasty and meaty flavor to the party. Mushrooms naturally add umami. That is why we include powdered mushroom in our mix. Makes it taste amazing. You can read all about it in our taco seasoning recipe; We even share how to prepare it.
How to make the best ground pork tacos
These tacos are easy to make and, as I mentioned earlier, you can do the fill days ahead of time. This is what I do to make them:
- Brown the ground pork in a pan with oil or butter.
- Add taco seasoning and stock (or use water).
- Cook until pork is well cooked and broth is reduced and covers pork.
- Serve hot tortillas with your favorite ingredients (I've shared mine below).
My favorite taco ingredients
You can never have too many ingredients for taco night, right? Here is a list of my favorites:
- I love a layer of mashed avocado on my tacos and when I have it in the fridge, a tablespoon of homemade guacamole is amazing.
- To add a little creaminess, try the diluted sour cream. I mix the sour cream with a little lemon. For a dairy-free option, try our dreamy vegan tahini sauce.
- I love adding pickled onions to the tacos. They take an hour to prepare, but they last a couple of weeks in the refrigerator (I add them to everything).
- Sauces are always welcome, try our roasted tomatillo sauce or for a fresh sauce try this pico de gallo.
- Grated cabbage or a simple cabbage salad like this cabbage salad with coriander and lime would be amazing.
More easy taco recipes
- Shredded chicken tacos with tender chicken and a creamy shiny coriander sauce (the sauce is very good).
- Chili Butter Shrimp Tacos with Chili Butter Shrimp, Avocado Mash, and a Crispy Quick Salad.
- Shredded beef tacos (made in the slow cooker) the meat in these tacos literally falls apart, it's irresistible.
- Roasted vegetable tacos with roasted spicy vegetables, black beans, and a creamy coriander sauce (100% vegetarian, 100% delicious).
Ground Pork Tacos
- PREP 15mins
- COOK 10 minutes
- TOTAL 25 minutes
Thanks to ground pork, these easy pork tacos come together quickly. We recommend making your own taco seasoning with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, coriander, and cayenne pepper. If you use a store-bought taco mix, be careful about adding extra salt. Often store-bought packages already have salt added, so you may not need to add additional salt.
Makes 8 blocks (6 inches)
- Prepare pork
- Assemble tacos
Heat a wide skillet over medium heat, then add the oil. When the oil is hot, press the pork down into the pan, spreading it out as thin as possible so that it browns evenly on one side, about 5 minutes.
When it begins to brown on one side, use a wooden spoon to break the pork into small pieces. Continue cooking until golden brown on all sides, about 3 minutes.
Mix 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning with the pork. Try a small crumb to see if you need more seasoning and adjust it from there: when using our seasoning mix for homemade tacos we use 2 tablespoons.
Add the water and bring to a simmer. The mixture will thicken and cover the pork. Season with a pinch or two of salt (if you're using a packaged seasoning, you may already have salt added).
Wrap the tortillas, in two piles, with aluminum foil. Place in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until completely heated. Fill each tortilla heated with pork and your favorite ingredients. In particular, we love it with mashed avocado spread on the bottom of each omelette and then topped with pork, cabbage, pickled onion, and sour cream.
Adam and Joanne's advice
- Cabbage – Grated raw cabbage is a great choice, but for more flavor, try our coriander-lime coleslaw without mayonnaise. Salting the cabbage before adding the dressing keeps this coleslaw salad crispy and adds much more flavor than without it. The dressing is simple: lime, honey and olive oil.
- Make diluted sour cream: So that it can be drizzled, stir 2 tablespoons of sour cream with a teaspoon or two of water (or lime juice).
- Pre-preparation: Pork can be prepared up to 4 days in advance when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat pork before serving; Adding a tablespoon or two of additional water may help moisten the pork.
- Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values. We include 1 avocado, 1 cup of cabbage, 2 tablespoons of sour cream, and corn tortillas in the calculations. The calculated ground pork was approximately 20% fat. Choosing a thinner option, such as ground loin, would reduce fat and calories.
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Nutrition per serving: Serving size 1 taco / Calories 264 / Protein 16 g / Carbohydrate 14 g / Dietary fiber 3 g / Total sugars 1 g / Total fat 16 g / Saturated fat 5 g / Cholesterol 55 mg / Sodium 385 mg