It had been awhile since I had made these pork tacos. I was actually reminded by some friends about them when they mentioned it is a weekly staple in their house. Running into friends and readers at the market and knowing they are making recipes I have posted over the years is the reason I keep this little site up. Thank you for helping me do so!
Now back to these tacos, they are so easy and full of flavor. The nice thing is that with minimal effort you can elevate your taco night to something really special that feels gourmet. Bonus is that it is light and healthy. I forgot the peanuts this time around, but if you have them use them. It really takes it over the edge.
Forks & Amusement 2011
For the Pork:
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, chili powder, chipotle chili powder, and cumin
3 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced and smashed with the back of your knife to make a paste
1 1/2 lb pork tenderloin (could use 1 whole or 2 small)
For the Slaw:
2 tablespoons light sour cream or nonfat Greek yogurt
salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons honey
juice of one lime
1 handful of cilantro, chopped
2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
1/2 head of cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 cup crushed peanuts
chopped fresh cilantro
tortillas of your choice heated according to package instructions
Combine all the seasonings for the pork in a small bowl and stir to combine well. Rub seasoning all over the tenderloin, cover and refrigerate at least for 1 hour and up to overnight.
Preheat grill or grill pan on stove to medium-high heat. Grill tenderloin for 15-20 minutes (depending on thickness), turning over once until cooked through. Let rest for 5 minutes with a foil tent cover. Cut into 1/2 inch sized cubes and toss in any remaining juices from cutting board.
Meanwhile, combine the sour cream, salt, pepper, honey, lime, cilantro, and scallion in a large bowl. Mix to combine. Add the cabbage and toss to coat. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
To assemble: Place two tortillas on each plate. Fill with some of the meat, top with a little slaw, cilantro and sprinkle with the peanuts. Serve immediately.
(note: if you like extra spice, add some Cholula like I did in the pic above. Or green Tabasco!)