Pork Carnitas Tacos
I was in the mood for tacos recently, but I was craving a flavor that was non-traditional. We make tacos on a weekly basis and I wanted to try a different recipe to spice things up a bit. I immediately thought of Pork Carnitas Tacos with a pineapple/mango salsa.
While this Pork Carnitas Taco recipe requires more ingredients and steps than a regular beef taco recipe, it is a delicious alternative if the family is craving something new to eat! My husband works his magic on the grill, so if you have a grill master in the family, this is the perfect opportunity for him/her to get outdoors to grill up delicious goodies!
Pork Carnitas Tacos
Marinade for pork tenderloin:
- 3 tbsp. tomato paste
- 2 tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tbsp. cumin
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. pepper
- 1/2 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- juice from one lemon
- Whisk ingredients together in a mixing bowl until combined well.
- Cut pork tenderloin into 8 small medallions.
- Place medallions into a dish.
- Pour marinade over pork and allow pork to marinate in the refrigerator for 2+ hours.
- After marinating, fire up the grill to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the pork medallions in the center of the grill and cook until temperature reaches at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit (about 1 1/2 hours).
- Remove pork from grill and shred it using a food processor.
*Optional: Pineapple/Mango Salsa Ingredients:
- 1 fresh pineapple
- 1 fresh mango
- 1 red onion
- 2 jalapenos
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 2 limes
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- Finely dice red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno. Set aside.
- Cut up the pineapple and mango into chunks.
- While the grill is still hot (about 300 degrees), place the chunks onto the grill and grill for about 3 minutes on each side (enough to get char marks).
- Take off grill and let cool.
- Finely dice cooled pineapple and mango.
- Juice the two limes.
- Combine all ingredients and stir well.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Spoon the pork onto an Old El Paso Stand ‘n Stuff Taco Shell and top with the pineapple mango salsa!
Sure enough, these Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos were a great alternative to regular tacos. This is definitely one recipe that we will have again in the future!
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