Chipotle pork tacos recipe

What a week this has been so far. The last year of funny satire, outrageous and surreal statements all boiled down to the last 24 hours of election 2016. I wanted to do a post yesterday but I was glued to the TV all evening – alternating between yelling at the TV and imagining that the people of this country know better. It was a roller coaster of emotions and by the time we slept at around 1 AM, we were pretty bummed out and were reluctant to wake up to the inevitable reality of what now is probably one of history’s important moments.To say that I was pretty upset with the results would be a huge understatement.

As I have seen a lot of my friends post on Facebook and elsewhere on social networks, what hurts me more is the kind of rhetoric that fueled this elections. I feel that the new normal feels anything but normal. But I have this quote on my whiteboard that I look up to.

Three grand essentials to happiness in life are, something to do, something to love and something to hope for.

I hope that our future is going to be better. We are better than the worst of ourselves.

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

Tacos make everything feel better and it helps that I love anything with avocado. I wanted to do something that I have never tried and one of those things is cooking pork at home. This is going to be my first recipe on the blog with pork.

Growing up in India, I have never tried any meat other than, chicken, lamb, fish and shrimp. A small number of people do eat pork, but it is uncommon. Wild boar is a delicacy and I am sure hunting them is legal.

After I came to United states, the husband egged me on to try the bacon from his cheeseburger. I was hesitant but then again, I wanted to try things that I had not. Bacon is amazing and it is one of my favorite things in the world. I have tried some good carnitas also thanks to our friends from Mexico.

I’m planning to make carnitas at home in the near future 🙂 Let’s see how it goes.

Ingredients:

  • ½  lb / 225 g Pork tenderloins (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Red onion (sliced)
  • 4 Corn tortillas (6-inch)
  • 2-3 tablespoon Chipotle chili pepper 
  • ½ cup Queso fresco
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder or minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar / Coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 Avocado (pitted, sliced)
  • ½ cup Cilantro
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • Fresh juice of a lime

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Serves 2 (Makes 4 tacos)

Prep time 15-20 min

Cook time 10 min

Passive time  5 min

Recipe level Easy / Beginner

Spice level 4  (On a scale of 1 to 6)

Shelf life Freshly made

Serving suggestion Warm

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

Instructions :

  • In a mixing bowl, add sliced pork and chipotle peppers.

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add salt, sugar, garlic powder and squeeze half a lime to it. Mix well and set it aside to marinate.

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

  •  Heat a large sauce pan to medium to high heat.
  • Add the olive oil.
  • Add the pork slices one by one.

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Cook for 2-4 min and flip them.
  • Cook for another 3 min and set aside.

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Slice the pork into long strips.

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Dice the onions, pit and slice the avocado.

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Warm the tortillas for 10-15 seconds in a microwave.

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Crumble the cheese. Sprinkle pepper on the avocado slices.

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Assemble the taco by placed the pork on the warm tortilla then the avocado.
  • Add the onions, cilantro and cheese.

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Squeeze the lime juice on the top.

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • I have added some hot green sauce on the top of the tacos for the extra spice and tangy flavor.

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Fold into half and serve.

Notes :

  • The hot green sauce that I used is from Trader Joes.
  • Warm the tacos just before you serve as they tend to become hard quickly.
  • Always add the sauce on the top as the tacos can get soggy.

Hope you have an amazing day !!

Take care

Sneha 🙂

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