Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sweet Pork Tacos with Cucumber-Pineapple Salsa and Sriracha Mayo

If you're not drooling from the title of this recipe it might be because your brain is trying to figure out how this all works together. It's actually an incredibly balanced meal, with just the right amount of sweetness, light and cool, and spicy. It combines for a light, but filling dish.

It's definitely not your typical taco, but it's one you'll remember and enjoy as being incredibly satisfying.

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
2 tsp fish sauce
1 - 1 1/2 lbs pork ribs, cut into small chunks
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp water

Cucumber-Pineapple Salsa
1 cup cucumber, chopped
1 cup pineapple, chopped
½ cup cilantro, chopped
2-3 green onions, diced
1/2 lime squeezed for its juice
Salt and pepper

Sriarcha Mayo
1 cup mayo
2-3 Tbsp sriracha (more or less to taste)

Fresh flour tortillas for serving


  1. In a large pan, heat the olive oil. Add in the garlic and jalapeno and saute until the garlic becomes fragrant and the jalapeno begins to cook through.
  2. Add in the chunks of pork and saute over high heat.
  3. Add in the fish sauce and stir for a couple minutes until the pork is cooked through. Add 1 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon sugar. Stir in with the pork. About a minute later, repeat. By this point the pork should be caramelized. If not, add another tablespoon each of water and sugar, and stir.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the salsa by combining the cucumber, pineapple, cilantro, green onion, lime juice, and salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Lightly toss.
  5. Mix the mayo and sriracha together in a separate small bowl.
  6. Prepare the tacos by placing the pork down the middle of a warm flour tortilla. Top with salsa, sriracha mayo, cilantro and a hit of fresh lime.
This dish blew my family away. We had my parents over for dinner and they were suspicious. After all, fish sauce smells terrible (but packs a ton of delicious flavor). But they were amazed by this dish. The pork is sweet and flavorful. The salsa is unlike anything you've ever tasted. It probably would be bland with chips, but complements the meat well. And the sriracha mayo adds just that extra hint of heat to balance the sweetness of the meat and pineapple.

It's a dish that's more related to Thai food than Mexican, but it's super tasty no matter what it is.

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Masshole Mommy said...

That salsa sounds so good. I bet my whole family would love this meal!

Lucy's Cruelty Free Beauty and Living said...

I love the whole idea of tacos! I just started transitioning to vegan and this would be super easy to re-work with 2-3 substitutions:) That salsa sounds yummy and the mayo is super easy! No I just need some veganaise!

Heather W said...

This looks FUN! I love cooking outside of the box and the spicy with "cool"? Sign me up!

Veronica Pototska said...

I really love tacos! I will definitely follow your recipe to cook some! They looks delicious

Hannah Adkins said...

MMM Pork Tacos. I bet they taste amazing. It seems like anything pork and pineapple is to die for!

Carolyn @ Fennell Seeds said...

You have me at sriracha mayo. We have a lot of tacos in my house so I need to add this to the rotation.

Becca said...

All those ingredients together sound amazing! I like pretty much anything that includes pineapple.

Bernadette Callahan said...

Taco recipes seems to be all over this week! I never even thought about using pork in tacos. Great idea and everyone here likes pork.

Mariah Meyer said...

Yum! I have never thought to use pork in tacos before, but that would be a great swap for the beef!

Author TP Keane said...

yum, these look fantastic. We have tacos all the time but it's never pork. Must try them.

Amanda Love said...

That's a really unusual combo. Never would have thought to put pineapple on there. I love it on my pizza so might give this a shot.

Heather said...

I might make that salsa just to eat as a snack! It sounds delicious. Actually, the whole dish sounds good to me. I am going to have to see about making it in the coming weeks!

NatePD said...

No tacos for me! I'm on a diet haha looks delish.


Looks so good! Too bad my diet won't allow me! I wish LOL!

Michele ~ West Via Midwest said...

That salsa got me... or maybe the sriracha mayo! Yum, pinned to make over the weekend! thanks!

Laura - Eye Candy Creative Studio said...

wow this sounds like something I need to try as my family would love these. We love doing pork in tacos - it's a nice change

Megan McCoig said...

These look incredibly tasty. I love Mexican but usually have chicken, will have to try this. The sauce looks insane!!!

Kim Young said...

These sound like delicious and different tacos! I'm drooling - you got me! We host a fun link-party every week with a bit of a twist - the hosts make and feature the recipes linked up! We'd love for you to stop by and link up with us! http://tinyurl.com/h22otpq

Liz Latham said...

I just made some sriracha mayo the other day and have quite a bit leftover. This would be the perfect recipe to use it on! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Link Party!

Shirley Wood said...

Mmmmm! So glad you shared this recipe with us at Merry Monday. Your salsa sounds especially scrumptious!