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Grilled Pork Street Tacos with Pickled Broccoli Stem Slaw and Blistered Tomatoes. An easy street taco recipe bursting with big flavors thanks to grilled pork tenderloin, a crunchy quick pickled slaw and sweet grilled tomatoes. All components can be made solo too for other meals. - BoulderLocavore.com

Pork Street Tacos with Pickled Broccoli Stem Slaw and Blistered Tomatoes

These simple street tacos are bursting with great flavor and texture. The components of the recipe can be made on their own for separate meals as well.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword blistered tomatoes, broccoli stem slaw, pork street tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8 (see Summary notes)
Calories 831 kcal
Author Toni Dash

Ingredients

  • 1 package Corn Tortillas
  • 1 7.5- ounce package Sargento Chef’s Blend 4 State Cheddar Cheese
  • Instant read thermometer

Ingredients for Marinade (for the pork tenderloin):

  • ½ cup Tamari or Soy Sauce (if gluten-free use Tamari)
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic , peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoon fresh Ginger , sliced (does not need to be peeled)
  • 2 Pork Tenderloins (2 ½ pounds)

Ingredients for the Quick Pickled Broccoli Stem Slaw:

  • 2 cups Broccoli Stems peeled and cut into matchsticks (approximately 2 large broccoli stalks)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced (peeled) Red Onion
  • ½ large Jalapeno Pepper thinly sliced (tip: if slicing from the bottom up, you won’t need to remove seeds)
  • 3 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

Ingredients for Blistered Grape Tomatoes:

  • 25 Grape Tomatoes , rinsed and patted dry
  • 1-2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to season
  • Garnish (optional) finely grated red cabbage, torn cilantro leaves.

Instructions

  1. Pork Tenderloins: the night before preparing the tacos: Add all ingredients except the pork tenderloins to a gallon size zipper close plastic bag. Seal bag and shake to fully combine marinade ingredients. Add the pork tenderloins and seal squeezing out as much air as possible. Massage the marinade to cover the pork tenderloins (from the outside of the bag) and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preparing the slaw (minimum 1 hour prior to serving tacos however may be done earlier): Combine the broccoli stem matchsticks, red onion and jalapeno in a quart Mason jar or other sealable jar. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the vinegar, sugar and salt and heat just until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Pour into the jar and seal. Shake to coat the vegetables. Place in the refrigerator for an hour (or more).
  3. Day of grilling: Remove the pork tenderloins from the marinade (allowing excess marinate to drain into the bag) and allow them to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to grilling. Discard the marinade.
  4. Thread 5 grape tomatoes per bamboo skewer and lightly brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat the grill to medium-high (375 degrees) (note: only half of a four burner gas grill will be needed). Brush and oil the grill. Place the pork tenderloins on the grill and turn every 3-5 minutes to allow each side to develop a crust and not burn. The tenderloins should be removed when the internal temperature reaches 145-150 degrees (it will continue to cook while resting off the grill). This should take 12-15 minutes. Remove and allow to rest until the tomatoes are done.
  6. Brush and oil the grill again if needed. Place the tomato skewers with a piece of foil on the grill underneath the exposed ends of the skewers. Rotate the skewers as soon as the tomatoes begin to blister to cook on all sides. Total cooking time is only 2-3 minutes. Remove from grill.
  7. To assemble the tacos: Slice the pork tenderloin thinly (1/8-1/4-inch thickness). Place 3-4 slices on a warmed corn tortilla. Sprinkle with an ounce of cheese, followed by 1-2 tablespoons of pickled slaw, 3-4 blistered tomatoes and any garnish (if desired).

Recipe Notes

When grilling pork tenderloin I always do two; it takes no more effort and leaves leftovers or is perfect for a big taco party. 

Slicing the pork thinly yields enough meat for 10-12 tacos per tenderloin. If serving a big group I would suggest doubling the slaw recipe. This easily makes 8 tacos with tenderloin leftover.

I added 3 hours for marinating the pork in the total cooking time however I'd suggest allowing it to soak in the marinade overnight for the optimum flavor.

Nutrition Facts
Pork Street Tacos with Pickled Broccoli Stem Slaw and Blistered Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 831 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Cholesterol 326mg109%
Sodium 1536mg64%
Potassium 2062mg59%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 104g208%
Vitamin A 905IU18%
Vitamin C 29.5mg36%
Calcium 270mg27%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.