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Ground Pork Tacos Two Ways

After putting together a guide on how to make lean ground pork, I wanted to give examples of how to use it. And what better way to start than with ground pork tacos?

Well, I actually started with homemade lean chorizo. But that still counts as tacos, right?

The two flavor variations I’ve included are a spicy citrus that’s a blend of classic taco seasonings and orange juice, and a spin on slow cooked green chile pork. They’re both high protein, low calorie, and super easy to make.

two ground pork tacos on a plate topped with diced onion, cilantro, salsa, and lime wedges

While the spicy citrus version calls for a homemade taco seasoning blend, you can swap it out for packaged taco seasoning to save time.

The green chile version uses a shortcut ingredient in a green chile enchilada sauce. You could make your own, or there are tons of packaged sauce options and “simmering” sauces available. I like to thin them out a bit with water, especially when using something like extra lean ground pork tenderloin, so it can simmer a bit longer and develop as much flavor as possible.

green chile ground pork in a pan beside two ground pork tacos

I’ve included a couple additional seasoning ideas in the recipe card’s notes section below. That should give you plenty of ideas for making awesome tacos with ground pork.

And I’m betting you can find more inspiration for seasoning and sauces in my ground beef or ground chicken recipe archives. I’d love to see some of the Asian-inspired sauces paired with ground pork and slaw!

You’ll find the printable recipe card below. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comments below. I hope you enjoy your ground pork tacos, and I’d love to hear how yours turned out in a recipe review!

two ground pork tacos on a plate topped with diced onion, cilantro, salsa, and lime wedges

Ground Pork Tacos

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Two ways to make tacos with ground pork using spicy citrus and green chile sauces.


  • 1 pound Ground Pork Tenderloin*
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Your Choice of Seasoning from the Notes Below


  1. Brown the ground pork over medium-high heat with the olive oil before breaking apart and fully cooking.
  2. Add the spices, orange juice or enchilada sauce, and water. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer until reduced, about 5 minutes.
  3. Serve on warmed tortillas with diced white onion, cilantro, and salsa.


*To make ground pork tenderloin, trim any excess fat and silver skin away. Slice the pork tenderloin into 3" chunks and add to a food processor. Pulse 6-8 times until you reach your desired grind. Regular ground pork and other ground meats work fine, though nutrition facts will be affected.

For Green Chile Ground Pork Tacos

  • 8 oz Frontera Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (or any enchilada sauce)
  • 1/2 cup Water

Nutrition facts: 115 calories, 15g protein, 3g carbs, and 5g fat per 3.5 oz serving (makes 6)

For Spicy Citrus Ground Pork Tacos

You can substitute the seasoning blend below for packaged taco seasoning.

  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup Lite Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup Water

Nutrition facts: 120 calories, 15g protein, 5g carbs, and 4g fat per 3.5 oz serving (makes 6)

More seasoning ideas: Ground Pork Tacos al Pastor and Sticky Sweet Pork Tenderloin Strips (this sauce would make great Asian ground pork tacos)

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: about 3.5 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 5gCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 15g

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