This Jamie Oliver pork tacos recipe was developed after picking up some great discounted pork tenderloin, and having most of the ingredients for Jamie Olivers Mexican marinated pork tenderloin.
The only thing I didn’t have was time.
So instead of marinading and cooking in the oven, I stewed it my pressure cooker.
Cooking the pork:
Now I had never cooked pork tenderloin before, so wasn’t sure what to do with such a lean piece of pork.
Jamie Oliver's recipe cooks the tenderloin until it is medium-well done and slices it.
But the pressure cooker (or slow cooker could be used) cooks it right through so that it falls apart.
This isn’t usually a great idea for such a lean cut of meat, and most puled pork recipes recommend a nice fatty cut like the shoulder.
But because it was stewed in the marinade it retained the moisture.
Although not quite as luxurious as a pulled pork shoulder, it is a lot leaner so great if you are cutting down.
Using Different Chillies:
The original Jamie Oliver recipe calls for ancho chillies, which are popular in mexican cooking and becoming increasingly available in the UK, even at the local supermarket.
I didn’t have ancho chillies so used some dried Mulato chillies I had.
I served this with pico de gallo (tomato salsa), minted yoghurt dip, and cucumber and carrot salad.
Even though tacos are traditionally served in corn or wheat tortillas, I served it all in a soft flour tortilla because they had some fab mini ones on offer at my local supermarket.
One thing to note is that the pork tenderloin used in my pork taco recipe was outdoor reared.
As I get older and more aware of where our food comes from, I find myself looking for higher welfare meat as standard.
It has long been known that environmentally we need to be reducing our meat consumption and not only considering animal welfare but also our carbon footprint.
I would rather eat less meat of higher welfare.
That doesn’t mean I buy everything organic, as in fact sometimes small local organic producers are actually worse for their carbon foot print than mass produced further afield.
It all depends how easy it is to grow and cultivate within that given region, not just how far you’ve driven it which is often a misconception when we think about carbon footprint.
You’d be surprised how low the standards are!
If you’re looking for more inspiration for pork tenderloin recipes, or alternative taco recipes why not try:
Refried Beans, Pepper & Corn Tacos with Avocado Cream by Foodie Quine
Chinese five spice turkey tacos with sesame oil sour cream by Recipes from a pantry
pork fillet and apples with creamy calvados sauce from Greedy Gourmet
Pork & Mushrooms in a Cream & Tarragon Sauce from Fad Food 4 all
Easy Cheesy Pork Wellington by Fab Food 4 All
Pork tenderloin with asian inspired slaw from Gingey Bites
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