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Crispy Pork Tacos

Tender pork gets crisped and served in a charred flour tortilla with corn relish and tomatillo salsa
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: tacos
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb pork shoulder roast cut in 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 onion cut in 1 inch wedges
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/3 cup triple sec Orange liqueur used in margaritas
  • 2-4 cup water
  • 8 medium flour tortillas grilled

Pork Rub

  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried coriander
  • 1/2 tsp achiote powder found in Mexican grocery aisle (if you can't find, o.k. to omit)

Corn Saute

  • 2 ears sweet corn cut off the cob
  • 1/2 yellow onion cut in 1/4 inch wedges
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • salt to taste

Tomatillo Salsa

  • 5 tomatillos husk removed
  • 1/2 yellow onion quartered
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste


Crispy Pork

  • Combine all Pork Rub ingredients and massage into cubed pork.
  • In a large pot over medium high heat, heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Add onion and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove onion to a bowl.
  • Working in two batches, brown pork in oil left in pan from cooking onion. Remove the fist batch to the bowl with the onion. Repeat with second batch.
  • Add orange juice and triple sec to the pot and scrape off browned bits from bottom of pot. Add browned pork and onion back to pot. Cover with water. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for about 1 1/2 hours or until for tender.
  • Remove pork from pot, being careful to keep the cubed shape. Discard juices.
  • Heat a cast iron pan (or large saute pan) over medium high heat. Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Place cooked pork cubes in cast iron pan and sear until crispy on the outside.
  • Serve with flour tortillas, corn saute and tomatillo salsa.