Family-Style Pork Tacos

Family-Style Pork Tacos
Photo: © Sang An


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ancho chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • Pinch of cinnamon

  • Pinch of allspice

  • 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1/3-inch cubes

  • 1 medium white onion, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 5 tablespoons minced cilantro

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Sixteen warmed 6- or 8-inch flour or corn tortillas, mashed avocado, shredded or leaf lettuce, salsa and lime wedges, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, mix the ancho powder with the salt, oregano, cumin, pepper, cinnamon and allspice. Add the pork, onion, vinegar and 1/4 cup of the cilantro and mix well.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the pork and stir-fry over moderately high heat until browned outside and just cooked through. Transfer the pork to a colander to drain, then sprinkle with the cheese and the remaining 1 tablespoon of cilantro. Transfer the pork to a serving bowl and serve with the warmed tortillas, mashed avocado, lettuce, salsa and lime wedges.

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