Family Style Pork Tacos

Family Style Pork Tacos are served with pork and fixings displayed on a platter.  Everyone is able to create their own tacos based on preference for fillings.

Pork Tacos ready for serving

My family loves this recipe because it’s quite different than the typical taco recipe.  If you’re looking for a new dinner recipe, I think you’ll feel good about giving this one a try.

How to Make Family Style Pork Tacos:

Chopped pork tenderloin chunks are tossed in a simple spice mixture with onion, cider vinegar and fresh cilantro.  After a quick stir-fry, the pork is tossed with (non-traditional!) shredded mozzarella cheese and a little more cilantro.  Then it’s ready for the fixings!

pork tacos with fixings

Note:  if you’re a cilantro hater… or if anyone in your family says “no” to cilantro, simply serve it on the side or leave it out entirely.  I personally like cilantro, but I understand that many people don’t care for it.

Another note: If you’re weirded out at the idea of using mozzarella in tacos, substitute the cheese of your choice.  I suggest trying pepper jack cheese or a Mexican blend.

The beauty of tacos is that you can choose to serve them with whatever you’d like.  For this recipe, I recommend serving these Family Style Tacos with avocado, lettuce, salsa and lime.

Family Style Pork Tacos

These Pork Tacos are served up family style so everyone can choose their own fixings.  The nutritional information included is figured using corn tortillas.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 5 servings (3 tacos per serving)
Calories 492 kcal


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of allspice
  • 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1/3-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, divided
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 15 6-inch corn or flour tortillas, warmed
  • chopped avocado, shredded lettuce, salsa and lime wedges


  1. In a large bowl, mix ancho powder with the salt, oregano, cumin, pepper, cinnamon and allspice. Add the pork, onion, vinegar, and 1/4 cup of the cilantro and mix well.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add the pork and stir-fry over moderately high heat until browned outside and just cooked through. Place the pork in a colander to drain, then transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the cheese and remaining 1 tablespoons cilantro. Serve with warmed tortillas and desired fixings- avocado, lettuce, salsa and lime wedges.

Recipe Notes

  • *If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN-FREE, just be sure to use GF corn tortillas instead of flour.
  • *To warm tortillas, place them in a pile (8 at a time), wrap with a dampened paper towel and microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes. Place in a towel covered basket to keep warm.
Nutrition Facts
Family Style Pork Tacos
Amount Per Serving (3 tacos)
Calories 492 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 752mg 31%
Potassium 775mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 2g
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 17.8%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 20.1%
Iron 16.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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