Lime Marinaded Pork Tacos - International Tacos Incident Party

 Pork Tacos with Jalepeno and Guacamole

If you have checked out Jeroxie (addictive & consuming), another food blog and one of my favorites, you may have heard about the International Incident Party. This is a food party that bloggers around the world participate in and give their version of of that month's theme. This month's theme is Tacos!

I've been meaning to participate in the International Incident Party, but had previously been too busy or just too tired. I was thrilled when I heard we were to make tacos. I like tacos, they are easy, and tasty and can be very healthy.

Tacos are a traditional Mexican dish made with either corn or wheat flour tortillas that is basically wrapped around food and eaten without the use of utensils. Most of the time when you hear taco, you think of the hard corn shells with ground beef, lettuce, cheese. These of course usually come with tomatoes, hot sauce, sour cream and the like.

I decided to not go the hard taco route, and instead made soft tacos. I would have made my tortillas by hand, but it had already been a long day, and way too humid and hot for me to want to stand in the kitchen with the stove on for that long! I was doing good to be willing to broil my marinaded pork loin in the oven and go and hide in one of the less warm rooms that had a breeze while I wasn't checking on it.

Pork Tacos with Jalepeno and Guacamole

Lime Marinaded Pork Tacos
(The measurements below are approximates as I do no measure when cooking)
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pork tenderloin
In a bowl whisk together lime juice, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic, vegetable oil and salt. Taste it and see if it needs more or less of any of the above.

In a large zip bag, place the pork tenderloin in and pour the marinade on top. Place in a bowl (this keeps possible leeks from getting all over your fridge) and chill for at least 1 hour and up to a few.

When ready to cook, turn oven to broil and place the loin in a pan that can take the heat (I used my cast iron grill pan). Cook until juices run clear, the internal temp is at 160F and there's a beautiful crust on the outside, making sure to turn every so often to have the outside cook evenly. This would work on a grill as well.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting/shredding for your tacos.

Pork Tacos with Jalepeno and Guacamole

(Again, measurements below are approximates as I do no measure when cooking.)
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 tablespoons plain 0% yogurt
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • Salt to taste
Cut the avocados in half. In order to remove the seed, use a teaspoon to carefully spoon it out. Do the same with the "meat" of the avocado to remove it from the skin.

Place the avocado in a bowl with yogurt and lime juice. Using the back of a fork, mash the avocado together with the yogurt and lime juice. Stir in onion and salt. 

Tip: If you are only using half of an avocado, use the half without the seed and leave the seed in the other side before refrigerating, and if possible sprinkle lemon or lime juice on it. This will help the green avocado from turning brown!

To assemble tacos, place pork on the bottom and layer with red leaf lettuce, sliced onion, chopped tomato and top with guacamole and jalapeno. Squeeze lime juice on top and add chopped cilantro if you are so inclined and enjoy!!

Pork Tacos with Jalepeno and Guacamole

I have to say this was one of my favorite tacos that I've made, but I do wish I would have made my own tortillas, as it is totally worth it if it's not too hot outside. The pork had a nice tangy flavor and the perfect texture you can only get if the outside gets that beautiful crust, and it wasn't too spicy without the jalapeno for the kiddo. Just flavorful!


Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

Its amazing to me everytime i come here even if I'm not familiar with what youve made or had it before, i would eat your pictures no less the entree and try every post! wow this is awesome looking fabulous!

Jo - SecondHelping said...

Lime marinated pork? That must have tasted fantastic.

I prefer soft tacos to hard ones too.

penny aka jeroxie said...

that LOOKs awesome. I love the shot with the big slice of jalepeno.... I am such a chilli nut. Thanks for coming to the party girl! LOVE YOUR WORK.

Mother Rimmy said...

I love tacos. You can mix it up with so many fresh ingredients. They are perfect for this time of year.

Emma @Cakemistress said...

Aww man, wish I had one of these for lunch right now. The filling looks so darn good!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Very nice! Love coriander in this.

Unknown said...

It looks like you went "old school" with your entry. What a beautiful dish.

Christine Ho said...

The easy and quick way of cooking is always the winner. You've got all the fresh and healthy toppings on your tacos. Yumm....

Cherrie Pie said...

your lime marinated pork sounds so delish. And I bet it tastes delish too.

Mardi Michels said...

These look amazing!!! I love lime and pork together - great choice!

Jillyann said...

This is the third entry I've read for the International Party. These are the most appealing by far! Oh my, I'd like to have a big plate of those rigt now!

Kath said...

Great looking tacos! I love the idea of the lime marinade for pork. I might try throwing the pork on the grill.

Judy said...

Hi Rochelle, Our family loves tacos and I'd love to make this for them. The photos of your tacos look fantastic. The guacamole really caught my attention!

Unknown said...

Pegasuslegend - Thank you so much for such a kind comment!!

Jo - It was fantastic! Lime and pork are perfect together :)

Penny - Thank you for putting together the IIP. I am a chili fan as well and had to include them :D

Mother Rimmy - I completely agree with you :)

Emma - Thank you!

Belinda - Thank you :) I wish I could have added a bit of cilantro too, but I didn't have any at the time.

Tamar - I did go "old school" but that's what comes to mind when I think taco :D

Christine - I agree! Healthy and yummy are the biggest winner though :D

Cherrie Pie - It was very good :) The lime also makes it taste fresh and not as heavy.

Mardi - Thank you !! :D

JillyAn - Thank you for such a sweet comment!

Kath - If I could have grilled them I would have, but the oven on broil, works really well :D

Nancy said...

Your Tacos look and sound so good. Also your recipe sounds light and even refreshing for a hot summer day. I also participated in the IIP :)

Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz said...

Lime pork, great idea. I love it. It just makes the taco sound so refreshing.

Tasty Trix said...

It is a herculean feat to even get in t a hot kitchen these days - don't feel bad!! I love the colors in your taco, and am a big fan of raw jalapenos, must be so yummy with the guac.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

By the looks of it, this is one of my favorite tacos too! I love those fresh jalapenos and all that guacamole on top! Yum.

Heather S-G said...

shredded pork is one of my all-time it tacos or anything else. these look sooooo delish!

J.Sterling said...

look so good!!!

Anh said...

That looks awesome!

zerrin said...

So bright so tempting! It is a perfect summer taco.

Chef Dennis Littley said...

first of all what a beautiful picture!! and then those taco's look so very very good!! what a nice shredded pork you made for this taco!

Joy said...

I saw your beautiful creation on Penny's blog, you did such a wonderful job. That taco is just calling my name .." me...come on, you know you want to..." I would totally scarf down 10 of these easy, without blinking.

Please don't judge my voracious eating habits :) Wonderful job Rochelle!

Cookin' Canuck said...

Very nice flavors in this taco and such a pretty presentation!

Thomas Andrew said...

Your tacos look fresh and delicious. I need lunch!!! :-p

Judy said...

I left a small gift for you. Stop by when you have time. Have a great weekend!

Priscilla - She's Cookin' said...

Of course, I love tacos - I live in southern Cal, tacos are a religion! Looks delicious and carnitas is probably my favorite kind of taco besides fish - using pork tenderloin and fresh veggies certainly makes this healthier and I'm all for that!

Caveman Cooking said...

Oh, Rochelle! These look soooooo goooooood!! I am totally jonesing for one right now!!! I guess it's a good thing we are going out for Mexican food tonight, though I doubt whatever I order won't be nearly as good tasting or looking as these.

Cristina said...

These are my kind of tacos...they're like carnitas! Pork with lime is totally meant to good together!

Magic of Spice said...

Great photos, and these look perfect!

Farmer Jo said...

We made this the other night - just tinkered with the marinade a bit. Lemon and lime juice and used smoked paprika. It was delicious!
Ours didn't cook quite as well under the broiler, so after charring the outside I turned the oven on for another 20 minutes to finish it without drying it out.