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.

The pork is rubbed with spices like ancho chili and cumin, and then is tossed in cilantro, onions and a bit of cilantro.  Then it's time to break out your cast iron skillet (it retains heat which means creating a better flavorful crust on the outside of the pork), and cook the pork until it's gorgeously toasty brown.


Recipe lightly adapted from Food and Wine


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Serves: 4 Total Time: 15 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 small 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 the 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.


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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