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This Pork tacos (Tacos Al pastor) recipe is made with shredded pork and made using an Instant Pot.

Let’s begin!

When Americans think of tacos, they immediately think of beef or possibly chicken. But if you want authentic Mexican food, you need to consider pork tacos.

Pork is such a nice alternative from the typical beef tacos. Let’s take a closer look at how to prepare some delicious Mexican food.

What are Mexican pork tacos called?

Al pastor is the more common name for pork tacos. This is what you’ll see it called on menus in Mexican restaurants.

What is the best cut of pork for tacos?

Pork shoulder, otherwise known as pork butt, is the most flavorful cut for pork tacos. The problem is that pork shoulder isn’t always easy to find.

It’s also a very fatty cut of meat, which makes it hard for some people to master when it comes to cooking.

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What is the difference between tacos and carnitas?

Carnitas and al pastor (pork tacos) are both made with pork. Carnitas are braised in fat whereas al pastor is marinated and then grilled.

What goes with pork carnitas?

Think about what you normally have in a Mexican restaurant: seasoned rice, refried beans, a simple salad of lettuce, avocado, tomato, and sour cream.  You could also serve chips and salsa on the side.

What are the ingredients to make pork tacos?

To make these pork tacos you are going to need the following ingredients:

  • Pork tenderloin
  • Chili powder
  • Paprika
  • Brown sugar
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Onion powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Orange juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Beer
  • Tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Lime wedges
  • Any other taco topping you like

How to make pork tacos

Now that you have gathered your ingredients it is time to make pork tacos. All you have to do is follow the steps below:

Mix together the chili powder, paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, cumin, coriander, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

Rub the pork tenderloin with the seasoning mix and set aside.

Set the Instant Pot on the sauté setting. Add the olive oil and heat. Add the pork tenderloin and sear on all sides.

Pour in the orange juice, lemon juice and beer.

Close the lid and valve and set on high pressure for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Manually release steam. Open the valve and lid, and with the help of a couple of forks or Bear Paws, shred the pork.

Transfer to a baking pan, discarding half of the cooking liquid. Set the oven to broil and cook for 8 minutes or until some bits and pieces are slightly crunchy and charred. Be careful to keep an eye on it or you could burn it and then you’ll have to start over.

Serve over warm corn tortillas topped with avocado and some lime juice. You could also add some seasoned rice and beans to the side along with some lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.

Your pork tacos are ready to serve!

Pork Tacos Recipe

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Pork Tacos (How to Make Tacos de Cerdo)

Pork Tacos (How to Make Tacos de Cerdo)

Yield: 6

When Americans think of tacos, they immediately think of beef or possibly chicken. But if you want authentic Mexican food, you need to consider pork tacos. Pork is such a nice alternative from the typical beef tacos.

Ingredients

Ingredients for the pork

  • 1 Pound pork tenderloin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp coriander
  • 1/2 Tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup beer

Ingredients to make the tacos

  • Tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Lime wedges
  • Any other taco topping you like

Instructions

Rub the pork tenderloin with chili powder, paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, cumin, coriander, onion powder, salt, and pepper.


Set the Instant Pot on the sauté setting. Add the olive oil and heat. Add the pork tenderloin and sear on all sides.


Pour the orange juice, lemon juice, and beer.


Close the lid and valve and set on high pressure for 30 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.


Manually release steam. Open the valve and lid, and with the help of a fork, shred the pork.


Transfer to a baking pan, discarding half of the cooking liquid. Set the oven to broil and cook for 8 minutes or until some bits and pieces are slightly crunchy and charred.


Serve over warm corn tortillas topped with avocado and some lime juice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 204mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g

These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.

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