Ground Pork Tacos: A Quick and Flavorful Recipe

Tacos are a perfect choice for busy weeknights when you want a quick and delicious meal. These Easy Ground Pork Tacos are a 20-minute recipe that will satisfy everyone’s cravings. Made with juicy and flavorful ground pork, fried corn tortillas, and fresh toppings, these tacos are a hit!

Overhead shot of pork tacos in fried tortillas on a cutting board with all the toppings.

What are Mexican Pork Tacos?

Mexican Pork Tacos, also known as carnitas tacos, are a restaurant specialty. Filled with tender pork and finished with crisp shells, these tacos are a Mexican staple. Ground meat is the key ingredient in this recipe. Crispy tortillas are filled with ground pork (or any ground beef), cheese, vegetables, and your favorite sauces.

Ingredients for this pork taco recipe.

Ingredients for Tacos with Ground Pork

For the Ground Pork Recipe

  • Oil: used to sauté the onion and brown the pork.
  • Onion: creates a sweet flavor base for the meat before browning.
  • Ground Pork: you’ll need 1 pound of pork for these tacos. Try leftover minced or ground pork tenderloin.
  • Taco Seasoning and Salt: you can use homemade taco seasoning or a premade seasoning.
  • Garlic: use freshly minced garlic.
  • Orange Juice: pineapple juice works great too.

For the Taco Shells

  • Oil: to fry the corn tortillas before serving.
  • Corn Tortillas: corn tortillas work best for frying into taco shells.
  • Salt: gives the tortillas a little extra flavor.
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For the Tacos

  • Cabbage and Olive Oil: toss red or green shredded cabbage with a little oil before serving to give it a little moisture.
  • Taco Toppings: top your tacos off with scallions, radishes, avocado, and diced tomato.
  • Cheese: a sprinkle of cotija or queso fresco for a salty, cheesy finish.
  • Limes: a squeeze of lime juice is a great way to add a little extra tanginess.

How to Make this Pork Tacos Recipe

Let’s get started with the ground pork recipe. It’s incredibly quick and easy for the whole family!

  1. First, preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat, then add oil and onion. Sauté for 5 minutes, then add the ground pork. Cook, breaking up as needed, until browned.

Onions being sautéed in a skillet.

  1. Add salt, taco seasoning, and garlic to the skillet and stir to coat. Reduce the heat, then add the orange juice. Simmer the meat for 5 minutes or until thickened and cooked through.

Ground pork being browned in a skillet.

  1. Next, heat plenty of oil in a skillet or Dutch oven. Fry the corn tortillas one at a time until they turn light golden brown. Fold the tortillas in half as they fry to create the taco shell shape. Transfer the fried tortillas to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and sprinkle with salt.

Tortilla being fried.

  1. Toss the cabbage with oil, then assemble your tacos with the ground pork filling and your desired toppings. Enjoy!

Red cabbage sliced in a bowl.

Leftovers and Reheating

If you have any leftover taco meat, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months.

To reheat, thaw the meat overnight in the fridge if frozen, then warm it on the stove with a splash of water, juice, or broth to moisten. You can also reheat it in the microwave before adding your toppings to the tortillas.

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What to Serve with Pork Tacos

We recommend serving these tacos with rice and beans because tacos are lonely without them. And no one wants lonely tacos.

You can also top the tacos off with red or green cabbage, scallions, radishes, cotija or queso fresco, avocado, and tomato. Alternatively, use any of your favorite taco toppings like sour cream, lettuce, mango salsa, pico de gallo, or guacamole. Don’t forget to try homemade chimichurri or rajas con crema as great options for side dishes too.

Hand grabbing taco from the tray.

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Recipe FAQs

Ground pork and other raw ingredients.

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