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Quick and easy ground pork tacos in homemade fried shells with all the toppings on a board

Quick Ground Pork Tacos

We love ground pork because, in under 30 minutes, you can have a homemade fiesta on the table with this ground pork taco recipe, complete with all the toppings you could desire!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Latin
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 249kcal


  • 10-12" Cast Iron Skillet or other oven safe skillet


For the ground pork:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ¼ onion chopped
  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • cup fresh-squeezed orange juice

For the tacos shells:

  • Oil for frying
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • salt

For the tacos:

  • 1 cup red or green cabbage shredded
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 Scallions chopped
  • 3 radishes sliced thin
  • 2 limes cut into wedges
  • ¼ cup cotija or queso fresco crumbled
  • 2 avocados pitted and sliced
  • 1 to mato chopped


Cook the ground pork:

Fry the tortillas:

  • Meanwhile, in a high sides heavy bottom skillet or Dutch oven, add 1” of oil, leaving at least 1 ½” clearance from the top of the oil to the skillet rim.
  • Let the oil heat, over medium heat until it’s 350 degrees.
  • Carefully with long tongs, place one tortilla in at a time, quickly frying to a light golden brown. As the tortilla fries, fold in half and frying a little longer.
  • Pull the tortilla when it is lightly golden, as it will cook longer as it rests.
  • Place on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with a little salt.
  • Repeat for the remaining tortilla shells until all are fried.

Assemble the tacos:

  • Toss the cabbage in the teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Arrange all of the toppings out for assembly.
  • Start the tacos with a sprinkle of cotija in each shell, topped with the cooked ground pork, and pick and choose your favorite toppings, like the cabbage, scallions, sliced radishes, and chopped tomatoes.
  • Squeeze fresh lime juice over top, if desired, and enjoy.


Store leftover cooked ground pork in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. 
If you don't have orange juice, pineapple juice is also a great option for this recipe.
Make sure the ground pork is cooked evenly and completely to USDA food safe standard of 160 °F. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 439mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 234IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg