Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa
Updated: Apr 26, 2021
This is the first of very many taco recipes that I want to share with you. It's super easy, very yummy and something just a little different. Just put the pork in the slow cooker/oven and have your favourite fresh toppings ready to go.
The seasoning for the pork is pretty spicy but with the perfect amount of smokey and sweet. The toppings of avocado, mango salsa, and a little dollop of lime crema create the perfect balance between the tang of the citrus, fresh sweetness of the mango, and the smokey spiciness of the tender pork. It makes for a pretty great spring treat!
Serves: 4 people, or 8 small tacos
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time:4-6 hours
For the Pork:
1 Pork Tenderloin
3 chili peppers in adobo sauce (these come in a can), chopped
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
3 tbsp oil
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp brown sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 ripe mango, diced into small cubes
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup diced tomato
Salt, to taste
For the Tacos:
8 small corn tortillas - I used the La Cocina Brand (would highly recommend)
1 ripe avocado, sliced
Lime Crema (see notes for ingredients)
Place the pork tenderloin in the slow cooker. Then, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce and coat the tenderloin with it.
Turn the slow cooker on to medium-low for 6 hours. (If using oven, see below for cooking instructions).
Check the tenderloin every hour or two and coat it with the sauce each time.
Once the tenderloin is done, pull it out, or keep in the slow cooker if desired) and shred the meat with a fork. Then, place back into the slow cooker and mix in the sauce. If you find there isn't enough sauce for your liking, add a small amount of water an mix into the sauce.
Then, while keeping the pork on warm (or you can do this step before the meat is done), put a skillet on medium heat. Place two tortillas (or however many tortillas will fit in the skillet) on the skillet to lightly warm (30 sec-1 minute per side). This step can be done in the microwave as well, however, I like to crisp up my tortillas a little on the skillet instead. This step is optional.
Prepare your toppings and salsa and then assemble your tacos with the pork first and then your toppings. Enjoy!
- Cook the pork at 250F for 7-8 hours. At 250, you should cook your pork for 2 1/2 hours for every pound you have.
- It can be cooked at 275 for 6 hours as well if you have less time. Just remember, low and slow is always to best for pork.
For the oven option, use a roaster or dutch oven and cover while cooking.
For the lime crema, combine 3/4 cup of sour cream or plain greek yogurt, the zest of 1 lime, the juice of lime, and salt, to taste. This stuff is great to add to any Mexican dish to tone down that spice and add some citrus flavour.
This pork recipe is great to have on pulled pork sandwiches, quesadillas, or salads, not just for these tacos.
I will warn you that the pork is quite spicy so if you want to tone it down a bit, I'd suggest adding half the amount of chilis peppers or just using chili powder instead (this is also an option if you don't have the real chili peppers). Although, I must say that the chilis in adobo sauce brings a lot of the smokey flavour to the pork.
If you van handle a lot of spice and want to bump this up a notch, add more chilis, jalapeños or chilis powder to the sauce and finish off the tacos with some hot sauce.
Like I said, these tacos are super easy and an ideal supper for a Friday or Saturday night, just pop the meat in the slow cooker for the day, have a couple fresh toppings ready and you've got yourself a pretty tasty supper! It's great for a family meal. If you want to make it a little more fun, have different topping options at the table and let everyone build their own tacos.
Enjoy these with a Margarita or Mojito and you've got yourself a pretty great evening!
Stay tuned for many more taco recipes to come, I'm not short of them! If you think someone would be inspired or would like to try this recipe, feel free to send it to them! Additionally, if you'd like to see something on here that I haven't shared yet, please send me a message via social media and I'll try my best to try it out! I love learning new recipes and sharing what I know.
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