Pineapple and Pork Tacos Recipe – A Perfect Summer Meal

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by Patrice on May 12, 2011 · 2 comments

in Recipes

Do your kids like tacos? If they do, you have an ideal vehicle for introducing new foods into their diets and even a way to make the picky eater choose to consume the things they’ve always turned their nose up at before.

A single mom can reduce the time she spends preparing the evening meal. Believe it or not, you don’t have to stand at the counter shredding lettuce and slicing tomatoes each time tacos are on the dinner menu. Imagine serving healthy tacos with only 15 minutes of prep time.

Pork tacos flavored with a pineapple salsa will satisfy the appetite of most children without filling them up with empty calories and fats. A two taco serving has 13 grams or total fan, two of them saturated, and the dinner is only about 343 calories.

  1. Slice a pork tenderloin into strips about a half inch thick. To prepare 10 tacos to make five servings, use about 1-1/4 pounds of pork.
  2. Put the pork slices into a resalable plastic storage bag with the marinade mix (directions below) and place it into the refrigerator as you prepare the salsa.
  3. Preheat the grill or broiler as you prepare the salsa
  4. Grill the marinated pork until done, about 6 minutes, turning when needed.
  5. Slice the pork into strips
  6. Warm up the white corn tortillas.
  7. Let the kids fill and fold their own tacos if they are able to manage.
    TIP: Some moms like to warm up the tortillas one at a time in a large skillet, but they can also be successfully warmed up in the microwave. Just wrap them up in damp paper towels and heat for a minute.

Pork Marinade

Mix:

  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  pepper
  • 1/4  cup  lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon  sugar

Slowly stir in:

  • 3  tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped cilantro

*Reserve 2 tablespoons of the marinade for the salsa.

Pineapple Salsa

The pineapple salsa will add sweetness to the taco, making it even more appealing to the kids.

Combine the following ingredients in a medium sized bowl:

  • 2  cups  pineapple chunks, diced
  • 2   plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2  cloves  garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of marinade from above recipe

The flavor from the pineapple and lime makes less salt needed to make this nutritious meal a tasty treat. Acids from vinegar and lemons do the trick as well.

If the kids enjoy the new type of taco, experiment with other meats, vegetables and fruit combinations. Tacos are also a great way to use leftovers. Use last nights salad and chicken for a more traditional taco and serve with grated cheese and sour cream. Slice up some cooked broccoli stalks to add to the leftover beef.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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Karen May 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm

This is a very interesting recipe, I am always willing to cook something different! I really like the sound of this pineapple salsa!

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Heather May 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

Cooking something new for my picky eater kids is always a challenge.Thank you for sharings this. We love taco here! I think it is also good to serve taco with refried black beans sprinkled with shredded cheese.

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