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A simple dinner with crispy browned ground pork and a tangy pineapple salsa, these Ground Pork Tacos are a quick and delicious way to get dinner on the table. Whip up this recipe in about 20 minutes and enjoy a dinner with so much flavor!

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This post is sponsored by the Ohio Pork Council, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting pork farmers!

I feel very privileged to partner up with the Ohio Pork Council once again this year. After meeting the families and farmers that work hard to provide for their families, take care of the pigs and bring the best pork to our local groceries, adding more pork to our meals has been all the tastier!

While many are more likely to eat pork tenderloin, pork chops, or bacon, I am here today with these Ground Pork Tacos to give you a reason to RUN and grab some ground pork for your next taco night!

Try these Instant Pot Pork Carnitas are another tasty recipe if you love pork and tacos!

Did you know? More than 3500 family farms in Ohio raise enough pork to feed about 25 million people. When you buy pork at the grocery store or the farmers market, you are supporting Ohio farm families that produce that pork.

Why you will love these Ground Pork Tacos:

  • They are so simple to make! Skip the pre-made taco seasoning and grab some lime juice, broth and a few spices and seasonings. You will be so happy you did. Homemade taco seasoning makes all the difference and it’s quick and easy. You can make the pineapple salsa all the easier with drained pineapple tidbits or pre-cut from the grocery.
  • Browned ground pork means LOTS of flavor. When you brown ground pork versus another ground meat, you can really make the meat brown and crispy if desired–that is where the flavor is.
  • Pairing these ground pork tacos with pineapple salsa brings out the flavors. The sweet tanginess of the salsa will add all the WOW to these easy pork tacos. I love pairing fruity flavors with pork especially things like orange juice and lime juice as in these Instant Pot Carnitas.
  • Great for meal prepping. You can prep the meat and the pineapple salsa and then eat off of both for the week. Add them to taco salads, tortillas, quesadillas and more. It’s a great meal for busy weeknights, especially when everything is ready ahead of time!
Tacos with ground pork, pineapple salsa and cojita cheese.

Ingredients:

For the tacos:

  • ground pork: plain ground pork, not to be confused with pork sausage. Ground pork typically comes from the pork shoulder, also known as the pork butt. In general, at the grocery, it is about 15% fat. If you can find it at your local butcher, you can get it leaner.
  • broth: I use chicken or beef broth, whichever I have easily on hand. You could use water or even a bit of orange juice instead, but I like the flavor from the broth.
  • lime juice: Just a touch adds the perfect citrus flavor. Opt for freshly squeezed if possible.
  • spices: I use chili powder, ground cumin, oregano and garlic powder. To make this ground pork tacos recipe a bit spicier, add in cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes if desired.

For the Pineapple Salsa:

  • pineapple: fresh is preferred, but to save time, you can use canned pineapple tidbits or pre-cut from the grocery.
  • red onion: a white onion is fine as well, the red gives more color and a different flavor.
  • jalapeño: for more spice, keep the seeds when chopping and adding in. For less, remove the seeds. You can also use half of the jalapeño instead.
  • lime juice: again, freshly squeezed is ideal
  • cilantro: fresh cilantro, and plenty of extra for over top of your tacos
Labeled ingredients for pork tacos on white counter.

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Prepare the pineapple salsa: Chop all of the ingredients and combine in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt to taste as desired. Chill until ready to assemble tacos.

Prepare the ground pork taco meat: Brown the ground pork. Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the ground pork and break it down into smaller pieces and chunks. Allow it to sit and cook for about 5 minutes to start to brown and then stir to flip and break into smaller pieces as desired. Continue to cook until cooked through. Ground pork should be cooked to 160°F.

Turn the heat to low. Add in the broth, lime juice, spices, salt and pepper and stir to fully coat.

Allow the mixture to simmer for about 2-3 minutes or until the liquid reduces and the mixture thickens.

Assemble the tacos: Warm or char tortillas over a gas flame or in a skillet. Add the pork mixture to warmed tortillas and top with pineapple salsa. Add cotija cheese over top and a fresh squeeze of lime if desired. Add any of your other favorite toppings. You can also use hard taco shells if preferred.

Pork tacos topped with pineapple salsa on plate with sliced jalapeños nearby.

Recipe Tips:

  • For the best ground pork tacos, make sure the meat is allowed to brown and crisp up. Allowing the meat to sit for a bit of time to start will help this. Once the meat is cooked, you can let it sit just a bit longer as well to allow it to crisp up.
  • Not sure how to cut a pineapple? Don’t be intimidated. It actually is simple. Check out this video tutorial.
  • Hard shells or soft flour tortillas are both great for these tacos. If you need a gluten free option, then corn tortillas are a great choice. You can also skip the shell and serve these as a taco bowl, in lettuce wraps, a salad or even with rice and make a burrito bowl! Endless possibilities!
  • To store leftover taco meat, refrigerate in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for about 4-5 days. When reheating, add an extra splash of lime juice or water to add back in any moisture that was lost.

What to serve with this recipe:

When it comes to these ground pork tacos, I often want just the tacos because I LOVE them so much–don’t want to let anything else take away from my big taco appetite. However, there are some great options for serving them:

  • Chips and dip–grab some tortilla chips and whip up some simple guacamole or perhaps some roasted tomato salsa.
  • Cornbread casserole is another great option to pair with tacos. Bread you eat with a spoon!
  • A nice salad is always great as well with tacos. This Cauliflower Rice Salad is a fave of ours, and you could also toss together this taco salad but skip the shrimp and instead add the ground pork.
  • Corn on the cob–grilled corn or air fryer corn–both are great options as well.

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Ground Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

A simple dinner with crispy browned ground pork and a tangy pineapple salsa, these Ground Pork Tacos are a quick and delicious way to get dinner on the table. Whip up this recipe in about 20 minutes and enjoy a dinner with so much flavor!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 tacos

Ingredients 

For the Ground Pork:

For the Pineapple Salsa:

  • 2 c pineapple, small diced
  • 1 jalapeño, small diced, seeds removed for less spice
  • 1/2 red onion, small diced
  • 1/3 c cilantro, freshly chopped
  • juice of lime, about 1.5 -2 T
  • Salt, to taste

Taco Assembly:

  • 6-8 6 inch corn or flour tortillas
  • cotija cheese
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Instructions 

  • Prepare the pineapple salsa: Chop and dice the ingredients as noted. Toss the pineapple, onion, jalapeño and cilantro with the lime juice. Add sea salt if desired, I like to add a pinch. Chill until ready to serve tacos.
  • Prepare the taco meat: Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil (or add cooking spray) over medium high heat in a non-stick skillet. Add the ground pork and break it down into smaller pieces and chunks. Allow it to sit and cook for about 5 minutes to start to brown and then stir to flip and break into smaller pieces as desired. Continue to cook until cooked through and brown on all sides. Ground pork should be cooked to 160°F.
  • Turn the heat to low and then add in the lime juice, broth, chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and evenly coat all of the meat. Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes to allow the liquid to reduce and the sauce to thicken.
  • Assemble the tacos: Char over a gas flame or warm your tortillas in a skillet on each side in an oil sprayed pan for about 30 seconds per side. Add pork taco meat and top with pineapple salsa. Sprinkle with cojita or desired cheese and extra cilantro. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

  • For the best ground pork tacos, make sure the meat is allowed to brown and crisp up. Allowing the meat to sit for a bit of time to start will help this. Once the meat is cooked, you can let it sit just a bit longer as well to allow it to crisp up.
  • Corn tortillas or flour tortillas are both great for these tacos. If you need a gluten free option, then the corn tortillas are a great choice.
  • To store leftover taco meat, refrigerate in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for about 4-5 days. When reheating, add an extra splash of lime juice or water to add back in any moisture that was lost.
 
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Lemons + Zest makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Nutritional info for these tacos does not include the optional cheese. 

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 196mg, Potassium: 289mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 252IU, Vitamin C: 23mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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6 Comments

  1. Christine says:

    5 stars
    These were delicious. I omitted the onion, as husband doesn’t like it. I omitted the cilantro, as I don’t like it. Added a squeeze of lime before serving. So good. Quick and easy. This is coming from someone that doesn’t really like to cook.

    1. Lorie says:

      Oh wow! This is all so awesome to hear!!

  2. Parker says:

    5 stars
    This is my new favorite way to Taco Tuesday (or Wednesday, or any day). Absolutely delicious and enjoyed leftovers for lunch the next day. The salsa held up just fine overnight. Toddler approved (we set some pineapple aside for her before putting the salsa together)!

    1. Lorie says:

      Yay! This makes me so happy–these have become our weekly rotation as well. Toddler approved is a dream come true!

  3. Heather Johnson says:

    5 stars
    So delicious – I made for dinner last night and it was perfect! Love pineapple!

    1. Lorie says:

      So happy you loved them! They have become our favorite dinner around here!