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Coffee-Rubbed Pork Tacos on Homemade Chocolate Corn Tortillas

It all started with some leftover masa harina (special corn flour that I used to make chocolate tamale cupcakes).  I couldn’t let that big bag of flour go to waste, so I decided use some of it to make corn tortillas with a hint of chocolate.  Then, of course, I needed something to go in the tortillas. Coffee-rubbed pork tenderloin seemed like just the thing – and my husband Jonathan, who does most of the cooking in our household, was just the man to prepare it.

The coffee-rubbed pork tenderloin that Jonathan created is simple to prepare, but wow, is it good.  The meat is juicy with a prominent coffee flavor and a hint of some of the other spices: a blend of cayenne pepper, cumin, cinnamon, garlic powder, and onion powder.  Although the slight sweetness of the chocolate in the tortilla is a fitting complement to pork, I would recommend this pork recipe with any type of tortilla or even on its own.

Coffee-Rubbed Pork Tacos Recipe

Note: Jonathan uses the 7-6-5 method (modified for the stove) to cook the pork.  If you are interested in learning more about the method, check out the article on the 7-6-5 method on Fine Cooking.

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Coffee-Rubbed Pork Tacos on Homemade Chocolate Corn Tortillas

Coffee-rubbed pork is the perfect filling for my amazing chocolate corn tortillas!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword coffee-rubbed pork, how to make pork tacos, pork taco recipe
Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12 small tacos
Calories 92kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 2 pieces pork tenderloin each about one pound
  • 12 tortillas ideally homemade corn tortillas with a hint of chocolate
  • pickled onions or diced red onions to taste
  • Cotija cheese or other Mexican cheese to taste
  • fresh cilantro to taste
  • limes for garnish

Instructions

  • Place the pork in a baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cayenne pepper. kosher salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground coffee.
  • Rub spice mix on all sides of the meat.
  • Cover the baking dish and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature (about twenty minutes).
  • Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet (preferably cast iron) on high heat.
  • Add meat to skillet and cook for seven minutes. Do not touch the meat during this time.
  • Flip the meat and cook for six minutes. Again, do not touch the meat while it cooks.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat.
  • Cover and let sit for five minutes.
  • Remove meat from the skillet and let rest for five minutes.
  • Thinly slice the meat and serve on warm tortillas topped with pickled onions, crumbled Cotija cheese, and cilantro.
  • Garnish with lime wedges.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Coffee-Rubbed Pork Tacos on Homemade Chocolate Corn Tortillas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 303mg13%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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