Would you believe me if I told you that until I got married I had never had Mexican food? It’s true. I hadn’t! Ok, well I’d had the tex-mex tacos that come a the box; but does that really count? Yeah… that’s what I thought, too. Anyway, since this recent discovery of mine I’ve been pushing my husband to his creative cooking limits and he’s come up with these oh-so-yummy pork tacos. Are they really Mexican? Probably not, but they’re a heck of a lot closer than that stuff in a box! And by the way, the first time I made these to take the pictures (I had to do it twice… whoops) I ate all the pork. By itself. With no toppings. It’s that good.
Mix chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and curry powder with kosher salt to taste.
Evenly distribute the rub on your pork. I like to do this part on a sheet of aluminum foil to avoid getting my cross contaminating counter Then pop your pork in a hot pan over medium high heat with a little olive oil and brown it on both sides.
While your pork is browning; mix brown sugar, hot sauce, and garlic in a bowl to make a paste.
Pat the brown sugar paste onto your browned pork. Doesn’t that look to die for? Pour an inch of chicken stock into the bottom of your pan with the pork, cover, and place into the oven at 300 F for 2 hours. Prepare for your house to smell delicious.
While your pork braises; mix up half of your cilantro with cream and the juice and zest from one lime.
While you’re at it you can chop up a few other limes to squeeze over your tacos once they’re put together.
Chop thin slices of red cabbage.
Add the rest of your chopped cilantro to your chopped red onion.
When your pork comes out of the oven it should look like this. Carefully pull it out of the juice and pull your pork with two forks. Return it to the pan with juice and cook on the stove for about five minutes or until the pulled pork has soaked up a desirable amount of the juices.
Tada! Layer the tortilla, cream sauce, pork, cabbage, onions and cilantro, and a little crumbled cotija cheese. Drizzle with a little hot sauce and squeeze a lime on top and voila! Absolutely delicious sweet chili pork tacos! Enjoy!
Mama to two little ladies and wife to a geologist, Maia is passionate about life and all it entails. She is a cellist, a teacher, and a food enthusiast. She ran a bed and breakfast while she was in high school to save money for college.