Easy Ground Pork Tacos with Black Beans
Looking for a flavorful pork tacos recipe that doesn’t take all day? Look no further than these easy ground pork tacos with black beans.
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Black beans add great flavor and texture to these ground pork tacos. They also add lots of dietary fiber and help lighten the environmental load of your meal.
Ask me about my taco problem.
“Ask me about my taco problem.” That’s what it says on the t-shirt at the very top of the laundry pile of t-shirts I wish I had. I’d have worn that shirt like five days a week these past two weeks if I had it. It’d be soft like a corn tortilla and would make me feel a little bit spicy and a little bit vulnerable, like I’m speaking my truth without trying too hard.
I’d tell you how many of these ground pork tacos with black beans we’ve eaten this week, purely because they’re so easy and good and easy to feel good about. But that could get awkward quickly. So instead I’ll tell you a little bit about the tacos themselves, and maybe you’ll try them. And who knows what might happen after that? Maybe YOU’LL be digging your taco t-shirt out of the laundry pile for the next two weeks.
A girl can dream.
My Pork Tacos Eureka Moment
So here’s the deal. This is one of those recipes that’s been kicking around in my head in some nascent form for far too long. Over the course of about a year it went from, “Hmmm, interesting,” to “I should really do that,” to “OMG WHY do these tacos not exist in the world?” Sometimes that’s what it takes to carve out the time and space. Even for tacos. I know you know feel me on this one.
Anyway. When I learned that Farm Promise was looking for help spreading the word about their humanely raised pork from local family farms, I knew it was finally time.
Feeling Good About Our Ground Pork Recipes
As you probably know by now, I’m careful about sourcing the meat we eat. The upside is that I feel really good about our choices. The downside is that sometimes I can spend approximately 13 million dollars on a home-cooked dinner for four.
Farm Promise pork is raised with no antibiotics ever, without gestation crates, growth promotants, or hormones. Their pigs are raised on an all vegetarian diet on local family farms. A wide variety of products, from rib racks to ham steaks, is available at ShopRite. Not a single one of those items costs 13 million dollars. Which is nice. Their mission is to make better-for-you pork accessible and affordable. I am so on board with that.
Bring on the Ground Pork Tacos
All of that is why I’ve been psyched — like slap it on a t-shirt psyched — to let my family stuff their faces with tacos recently. (We made ham and pea risotto and a great pork loin, too.) Well, that and the fact that these tacos taste like they’ve slow-simmered all day, even though they’re ready in 20 minutes.
For the pork filling
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 shallot, minced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound lean ground pork
- 1 15.5-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
- 12 taco-sized soft corn tortillas
- 4 ounces Cotija cheese, crumbled
- Pickled Red Onions
- 1 cup picked fresh cilantro leaves
- Lime wedges
- Warm the olive oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch nonstick skillet. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften, about a minute. Stir pork into skillet, breaking up with a spatula into small pieces, and continue cooking for a few minutes until lightly browned. Add beans, tomatoes (along with all their juices), salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano and cayenne to skillet and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for five minutes.
- To serve, warm taco shells according to package directions. Fill each shell with some of the pork mixture and top with Cotija, pickled onions and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
Nutrition info for this recipe does not include tortillas.