These Ground Pork Tacos are an easy and healthy paleo dinner option that’s quick to make for a weeknight. Topped with slaw and cooked with seasoning like paprika and chipotle, there’s just a hint of smokiness. They’re also Whole30 compliant when eaten as lettuce wraps!
One more recipe for the ground meat series – Ground Pork Tacos! These are really simple to make and super tasty – plus they’re both paleo and gluten free! The seasoning is a great mix of flavors without being spicy – which can be important if you’re feeding kids. But before we get into the recipe, here are some answers to a couple commonly asked questions about pork.
What Part Of The Pig Is Used For Ground Pork?
Any part of the pig can be used for ground pork! Typical cuts for ground pork are the shoulder, Boston butt (which is actually above the shoulder), and the loin. You can see the different cuts of the pig in this diagram.
Are Ground Pork And Sausage The Same
No, they’re not! Ground pork is plain ground meat with no seasonings added. Sausage is ground pork with seasonings added and also typically has a higher amount of fat than plain ground pork.
How Long Does Ground Pork Last In The Fridge?
Ground pork has similar timeframes for staying fresh in the fridge as other ground meats. Raw ground meat is good for roughly 1-2 days and cooked ground meat is good for roughly 3-4 days.
What Pork To Use For Tacos?
Use whatever cut you like! Some people make pork carnitas, which is pork (typically shoulder or Boston butt) that’s braised or slow roasted then shredded. This recipe calls for ground pork, which cooks much faster.
Are Pork Tacos Healthy?
It depends, both on how much you eat and what you consider healthy! Too much of something is really never a good idea, and too many pork tacos wouldn’t be good either. But in moderation it can be part of a healthy diet!
Alright, enough with the questions – on to the recipe!
How To Make Ground Pork Tacos
First make sure you have your dressing. If you bought something at the store, this step is done. If not, follow the steps for my Healthy Coleslaw Dressing that is paleo and Whole30 compliant.
How To Cook Pork Taco Meat
Next you’ll want to start cooking the meat. Grab a medium or large non-stick pan and begin cooking the ground pork over medium heat, breaking it up with a spatula as you go.
While the ground meat begins to cook, measure out the spices with a measuring spoon into a small bowl.
Stir them together then sprinkle the blend over the pork as it cooks.
Stir in the spices and continue cooking until the pork is no longer pink. Remove the pan from the heat when it’s done.
Next bring out the slaw. I like to these tacos with this Healthy Apple & Broccoli Slaw, which is really simple to make because it uses pre-bought broccoli slaw that you just add the apple and dressing to. Score for being easy!
How To Assemble Ground Pork Tacos
Take your tortilla (gluten free, paleo, or a large leaf of lettuce if on a Whole30) and scoop some ground pork on it. Then pile the slaw on top and serve with a sprinkle of cilantro or a squeeze of fresh lime! Super easy and super delicious.
If you’re looking for more quick and easy ground meat recipes, check out some of these bad boys to get you through a weeknight:
- Healthy Chicken Burgers
- Instant Pot Lamb Soup
- Paleo Turkey Meatballs
- Paleo Broccoli Beef
- Paleo Ground Beef Stroganoff
If you try this Ground Pork Taco recipe (or any other recipe) then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know how it went in the comments below. It totally makes my day to hear how a recipe worked out for you.
Ground Pork Tacos (Paleo, Gluten Free)
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp chipotle powder
- paleo/gluten free coleslaw
- 8 paleo/gluten free tortillas
- lime if desired
- cilantro for garnish
- One medium or large non-stick pan
- A wooden spoon or spatula
- Measuring spoons
- A small bowl
- Start cooking the meat. Grab a medium or large non-stick pan and begin cooking the ground pork over medium heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or spatula as you go.
- While the ground meat begins to cook, measure out the spices with a measuring spoon into a small bowl. Stir them together then sprinkle the blend over the pork, cooking it until the pork is no longer pink. Remove the pan from the heat when it’s done.
- Take your tortilla (gluten free, paleo, or a large leaf of lettuce if on a Whole30) and scoop some ground pork on it. Then pile the slaw on top and serve with a sprinkle of cilantro or a squeeze of fresh lime.