Skillet Pork Tacos

overhead skillet pork tacos, garnished with pickled red onions, cilantro and lime on grilled flour tortillas

I make pork tacos probably more than any other type of tacos, and these skillet pork tacos are absolutely, hands down, the new family favorite! It took just a few minutes to cube the tenderloin, but if you're short on time ask your butcher to cut it up for you.  And if you only have ground pork on hand, that instead!

The pork is rubbed with big flavor spices, like ancho chili and cumin, and then tossed in cilantro, onions and a bit of cilantro.  Then it's time to break out your cast iron skillet, my friend.  Trust me, it's EXACTLY the skillet you need for this recipe.   Cast iron retains heat which means you'll get a flavorful crust on the outside of the pork.  And, oh my GAWD, those little crispy, crunchy bits on the outside are so flipping GOOD!!

When the pork is all cooked and ready to eat, go crazy with your favorite toppings! I love putting out all the toppings and having my kids and husband help themselves.  No one likes the same topping combo, so this makes life EXTRA easy! These skillet pork tacos are gonna add EXTRA excitement and tastiness to Taco Tuesdays!


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Skillet Pork Tacos

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Serves: 4 Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of allspice
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1/3-inch cubes
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup minced cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar or Mexican cheese blend
  • corn or flour tortillas
  • guacamole or fresh avocado slices
  • shredded red cabbage
  • salsa
  • lime wedges
  • fresh cilantro



Mix the ancho chili powder, salt, oregano, cumin, pepper, cinnamon and allspice in a medium bowl.


Add the pork, onion, vinegar and cilantro.


Using your hands, mix all the ingredients together.


Let the pork sit for 30 minutes to let the rub mixture infuse all the flavors into the pork.


Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet.


Add the pork and cook over moderately high heat until browned on all sides. This should take about 10-15 minutes. Stir it around every few minutes, so the pork browns evenly on all sides. This is when your family will probably come running into the kitchen begging for a bite! Tell them dinner will be ready in 15 minutes......and then ask them to go set the table to distract them from trying to steal bites.


Transfer the pork to a serving bowl, sprinkle with cheese and some more fresh cilantro.


Serve with warmed tortillas and your favorite toppings.

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