Pork Tacos! Whether is carnitas, pibil, chile colorado or chicharron, I love them all! A couple years back I learned to cook pork belly. It definitely makes for some delicious pork tacos. The oven method I use yields a crunchy skin and tender carnitas all in one.
The pork I used on this day is side pork or pork belly. It comes sliced thick and perfect for some tasty pork tacos. I paired it with my favorite salsa cruda. Salsa cruda is a raw tomatillo salsa that I especially enjoy with pork.
Pork Tacos (Pork Belly Sides)
When I am hungry for chicharrones and carnitas, but don't want to commit to a large roast. Pork sides or pork belly thick sliced is great for tacos!Print Pin Rate
Servings: 5 Servings
- 2 pounds pork side Pork Belly
- 2 teaspoons Fresh cracked pepper
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons Garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons Chile powder ancho or guajillo
- Refried beans
- Salsa Cruda
- Cilantro chopped
- Onion diced
- Warm tortillas
- Season lightly on both sides of pork with salt, pepper, garlic and chile powder. Transfer to a wire rack lined with a baking sheet.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. When ready, transfer pork to oven and bake for 25 minutes. Flip over and bake for another 20-25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and slice or chop for tacos! Serve with salsa cruda, refried beans, cilantro, onion and warn corn tortillas.
Notes: This pork side meat came pre-sliced thick like this. For seasoning I had a coarse garlic seasoning. I want to point out that I used a coarse garlic seasoning that was store bought. The ingredients may have some coloring in there which give the pork a reddish color in the end. Use the spices listed and the flavor will still be the same, it just may look slightly different. Sorry for the confusion.
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Well, I made your chicken enchiladas with a couple of additions (mexican cheese and onions inside the tortilla) and they were the best enchiladas I have ever had! Not only that, my wife (who is a major critic of anything I cook) could not get enough of those enchiladas! I have pork belly in the freezer that I have been experimenting with (grilling/smoking) and I will make these pork (belly) tacos very soon. What do you think about beef cheek enchiladas (or tacos which I regularly make, barbacoa)?
I love hearing this Robert! I do enjoy those enchiladas too! Beef cheek enchiladas are decadent! I use the beef cheek in many ways. The last time I prepared some extra cheesy quesadillas with homemade corn tortillas. They were amazing! I prepare beef cheek for tacos about every two months. You reminded me I have some in the freezer already cooked! Yummy! Thank you for the feedback.
The seasoning on the pork belly, shown in photos does not look anything like the seasoning made with ingredients given in recipe.
The photos show cracked red pepper, coarse salt or garlic, black pepper and an orange crumbled ingredient which I can’t identify. Is this another pork belly recipe?
Margarita, I prepare pork belly often, So, it may be the case where I used s spice blend one day. But generally I stick to salt and pepper. It’s totally up to you. I apologize for the confusion on the pictures. I used a garlic blend this day. The orange is in the garlic blend I used. It’s not something I mixed. The results will still be the same, as far as flavor.
Sonia… I admire your wonderful bog. Makes me hungry every time I visit! I volunteer at a museum Bistro every other Monday when I cook a Mexican food lunch for about 20 people. It’s very popular! I’ve used several of your recipes as your blog always inspires me. Muchas gracias and keep up the great work.
Thank you so much George for taking the time to reach out to me. I appreciate your kind words. It makes me so happy to know that my recipes are coming alive in someone else’s kitchen. And that people are enjoying the foos. I love it! Thank You!
I bought pork belly but they sliced it like bacon. Can I still use it for this recipe?
Sure you could. Just watch it because it will cook up faster since it’s thinner.