Day Eleven: Black Bean and Pork Tacos with Mango Mint Sauce

27 Nov

Yes, there was pork left over from the Coconut Braised Pork – this was my intention all along (a rarity, really). I guess in addition to this general pork challenge, I thought it would be fun to use most of the same ingredients for an entirely different recipe. Makes meal planning and shopping a whole lot easier, that’s for sure. I decided on some tacos, because they are easy on a weeknight. It is my Caribbean take on carnitas –  shredded pork shoulder, black bean mash and cabbage, finished with a minted mango sauce.

Christian wasn’t particularly fond of these, mainly because he doesn’t really care for mango (he didn’t even realize there was mango in the previous post though). Basically, he would have liked them a lot more if there was no mango sauce, just the pork, beans, cabbage and some hot sauce or salsa. I, on the other hand, love mango and thought these were pretty good. Cheese, like feta or queso fresco, would have been a welcome addition but I didn’t have any.

Black Bean and Pork Tacos with Mango Mint Sauce

  • 1/2 can black beans
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • leftover pork, shredded
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1/4 c mint, chopped
  • shredded green cabbage, about 1/4 of a head
  • pinch of hot, dried red chili powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • oil

Mix the black beans with the onion, salt and pepper, and mash. Set aside.

In a food processor, add the mint, mango and hot pepper. Mix until a puree is formed, adding water if necessary to thin. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large cast iron skillet, heat a few tablespoons of oil. Add two tortillas, resting 1/2 of each tortilla on the side of the skillet so only 1/2 is in the oil. Add some of the bean mixture to each tortilla, then add shredded pork. Cook until browned and crisp, fold, and flip to brown the other side. When done, transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

When all tacos are cooked, carefully open and add the cabbage and mango mint sauce (and cheese, if using).

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One Response to “Day Eleven: Black Bean and Pork Tacos with Mango Mint Sauce”

  1. Jessica November 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM #

    OMG I want pork tacos! Damn London and its lack of Mexican food…

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