We recently went out to dinner at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants and I had the best pork tacos I’ve ever had. I decided to try to re-create them at home. This recipe was fun to make and the tacos tasted fantastic. I wanted to use orange in the marinade but realized my son ate the last one for lunch so I used 4 clementines instead and they worked great. I loved the citrus flavor of the pork with the sweet pineapple salsa, the creamy guacamole, and the salty cotija cheese. These are my new very favorite tacos and I can’t wait to make them again. They were a huge hit with my entire family. These tacos paired nicely with some loaded black beans.
Citrus Marinated Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa and Guacamole:
- 1 pork tenderloin, silver skin removed and diced
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
- Zest and juice of 1/2 lime
- Zest and juice of 1 orange or 4 clementines
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
How to Make Citrus Marinated Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa and Guacamole
Combine the olive oil, the juice, and the finely chopped zest of the lemon, lime, and orange, garlic, cilantro, oregano, paprika, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Combine the ingredients and taste, re-season if needed. Add the diced pork and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Remove from the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to cooking.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Once the pan is HOT add the pork and cook for 1-2 minutes before stirring and cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.
Cook tortillas in a dry (no oil) hot pan for 45 seconds on both sides, until soft and pliable. Place cooked tortilla on a plate then spoon the pork on top, add pineapple salsa, guacamole, and cotija cheese. Serve immediately. Enjoy.