Chile Lime Pork Tacos with Papaya Avocado Salsa

The classic mingling of chile and lime in these juicy pork tacos is sure to draw your family to the table tonight! If you can't find tomatillos for the salsa, substitute with vine-ripened tomatoes.
Zesty taco recipe

Zesty taco recipe



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  • 4Servings


  • 10 1/2 oz pork tenderloin, trimmed and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick strips
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp chile powder
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves galic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime, divided
  • 4 tomatillos, papery husks removed and flesh rinsed and chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • 2 cups peeled, seeded and cubed red Maradol papaya
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 4 corn tortillas, heated


  1. In a large bowl, toss pork, onion, chile powder, oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium. Add pork mixture and cook, turning occasionally, until pork is almost cooked through, about 7 minutes.
  2. Add pepper and garlic and saute, stirring often, until pork is cooked through and pepper is tender-crisp. Stir in half of lime juice and saute for one more minute.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare salsa: In a medium bowl, combine tomatillos, avocado, papaya, remaining half of lime juice and 1/4 tsp salt.
  4. Spoon rice and pork mixture into tortillas, dividing evenly. Serve with salsa.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: per pork taco – 1 tortilla, 5 oz pork mixture, 1/2 cup rice, 4 oz salsa
  • Calories: 411
  • Carbohydrate Content: 53 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 48 mg
  • Fat Content: 13 g
  • Fiber Content: 8 g
  • Protein Content: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 412 mg
  • Sugar Content: 7 g