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Plate of pork belly tacos.

Pork Belly Tacos

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Tacos
  • Method: Oven or Smoker
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Pork Belly Tacos – an absolutely delicious pork belly taco recipe + sesame ginger slaw and spicy mayo! Smoked or roasted pork belly options!


Ingredients

Scale

Crispy Pork Belly (see Notes for Smoked version):

  • 1/21 lb pork belly slab
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Sesame Ginger Slaw:

  • 1 1/2 cups green cabbage, chopped 
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned 
  • 1/2 cup green onion, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

Spicy Mayo:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha 

Serving:

  • Street Taco Flour Tortillas (or corn tortillas – whatever you prefer)

Instructions

Roasted Pork Belly:

  1. Place pork belly on a large plate and score, criss-crossed, with a sharp knife on the fat side (being careful not to cut into the meat) and rub all over with kosher salt and pepper.
  2. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours (optional).
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  4. Place pork belly in a large cast iron skillet (or other oven-safe pan), fat side up.
  5. Cook pork belly, middle rack and uncovered, for 50 minutes; baste halfway through.
  6. Drop temperature to 250 and cook for another 40-60 minutes.  Feel free to baste one more time.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.
  8. Cut into bite-sized pieces.

Slaw:

  1. Combine Slaw ingredients in a medium bowl and mix.
  2. Combine Sauce ingredients in a small bowl; whisk to combine. Taste and add any additional soy sauce, ginger, lime juice, garlic, etc. as desired. 
  3. Pour the Sauce over the Slaw and stir to combine. 
  4. For best results, let sit for about 15-30 minutes, then serve.

Spicy Mayo:

  1. Combine mayo and siracha in a small bowl. Mix. Taste and add any additional siracha, as desired. 

Serving:

  1. Take a street taco (flour or corn) and pack with as much slaw, pork belly and spicy mayo (optional) as desired! Enjoy!

Notes

  • Smoked Pork Belly: you can also smoked your pork belly if you want! Totally delicious alternative! 
  • Other Add-ins or Toppings: sliced raw red onion, jalapeño, fresh cilantro, lime wedges, quick pickled onions would all be amazing with this!
  • Leftovers: store leftover pork belly in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove top in a cast iron skillet.  

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