Pork Tacos

Mexican Pork Tacos

I recently moved from the city centre into slightly more compact digs on the Southside. This led me to the inevitable trip to Ikea on Wednesday last. Originally planning a morning trip it was close to six thirty by the time I got home (typical day off right?). So I needed to get myself fed and back into action fast. The answer? Tacos. Tacos is always the answer.

These tacos are the best. I had four and I would have had more if my Sister was not equally as endeared to them as I was. Seriously give these a go. Really speedy to put together and even fast to chow down and get to building that Austmarka Brimnes set.

The portions here are perfect for two people so just double it up as necessary for yourself. I got the shells from Tesco around the Old El Paso stuff and they are pretty handy to have around the kitchen for just such a taco related emergency.

The Ingredients

500g Pork Belly Slices (skin removed)
1tsp Cumin Seeds
1tsp Smoked Paprika
1 Lime (zested)
8 Small soft flour tacos
Any assorted extras you fancy

-Dice up the pork belly into 1cm cubes and mix with the cumin, paprika and the lime zest.
Diced Pork
-Fry these on a medium/low heat for about ten to fifteen minutes with just a touch of oil. the fat from the belly will render out once it starts cooking.
Pork in the pan
-Now is the time to set up all of the bits and pieces you are going to use to pimp up your tacos. I went with lime wedges, avocado, coriander and sliced spring onion but you could use rice, beans, sliced peppers, iceberg lettuce or anything you have in your fridge really
Salad
-Once they have coloured a little bit crank up the heat and squeeze in the juice from the lime you zested earlier.
Pork after adding the lime juice
-Keep these moving around in the pan as it sizzles away but be very careful as the juice can burn easily. Remove from the heat and set aside.
-Gently heat the tortillas under a medium grill for about 2 minutes while you plate everything else up.
-Serve everything on a great big platter and get everyone to tuck in.

The finished product

This is a hands on job and everyone is going to get a little messy. They will love it though, I promise.

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8 thoughts on “Mexican Pork Tacos”

    1. Thanks a million man, absolutely chuffed.
      I actually think we have met, my Dad is Peter O’ Brien, we lived beside you in Monkstown when I was just a wee thing and ran into you in Sandyford a few years ago.
      I really hope I have the right guy, otherwise I have made a right fool of myself.

      1. Happy Days indeed. No, I am the right guy. The last time we met, to my memory, was in the now defunct sushi bar that is beside our office in Sandyford. What a small world. I will always have great empathy with your dad. We built (not literally) our house in Trafalgar Lane while Peter built yours (literally) around the corner. I am going to the awards gig with one if my daughters. It would be great to see you there if you are going. Keep up the good work.
        Conor

      2. Yes indeed I remember now. I’d love to try to get the the awards ceremona but I’m working as a Chef and trying to a Saturday night off is the Holy Grail. I’ll see what I can do though.

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