Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

Sweet heat is where it is at for me and these Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos are just that! Sweet Hot Pickled Peppers combined with some chipotle chili powder give this recipe that sweet addicting kick and make this a must try recipe for those who have the sweet heat addiction!

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

Spice is Nice and Some Like it Hot is the theme for our Sunday Supper event today. I would have to say that I like all spices, but I particularly love sweet heat! Combine a little sugar with a lot of hot and I’m one happy girl!

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

Normally, I don’t think you would see someone use sweet/hot pickled peppers in a pulled pork recipe. At least I have never seen it. However, scrounging around in my pantry one day I was trying to figure out what I could use to make this particular recipe with a little sweet heat. Then I saw my sweet hot salad peppers and I knew they were going to make this recipe absolutely amazing!

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

I simply took a pork tenderloin that was already seasoned with a mesquite flavor. Placed it in foil in a baking dish, then poured my peppers and all that sweet hot delicious juice over top. Sealed the foil and baked in my oven for 1-1/2 hours.

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

When it was all done, I pulled the pork using two forks and then tossed it in with the juices to coat it really well. Easy peasy. I then added some chipotle chili powder and a little brown sugar. The flavor was absolutely amazing!

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

I ate these 3 days in a row! Yes. Grumpy, my not so “Mexican food fan” and not a great “pulled pork fan” refused to eat one. He’s such a party pooper. I am fairly certain he would have loved these. However, more for me I guess!

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

Just looking at my photos as I write this post makes me wish I had some of this still. I may have to make it again soon and just take it into work to share with my co-workers so I can eat them again!

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

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Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

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Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos
Yield: 8 tacos

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Sweet heat is where it is at for me and these Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos are just that! Sweet Hot Pickled Peppers combined with some chipotle chili powder give this recipe that sweet addicting kick and make this a must try recipe for those who have the sweet heat addiction!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mesquite flavored pork tenderloin
  • 8-oz jar Sweet Hot Pepper slices, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (use more or less depending on your heat factor)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (or use 1-1/2 teaspoon Splenda Brown Sugar Blend)
  • Cabbage slaw mix
  • jalapeno slices
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 8 Flour Tortillas

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Place pork tenderloin on foil in a large baking dish. Pour all of the sweet hot pepper slices and juice over the pork. Fold foil together to seal pork and peppers together. Bake in oven for 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Once pork is cooked, remove from oven and let cool about 15 minutes. Place pork in a large bowl and pull apart using two forks.
  3. Stir in chipotle chili powder and brown sugar. When ready to serve, reheat as necessary. Mix together lime juice and sour cream. Layer tortilla as follows: Cabbage slaw, pulled pork mixture, drizzle sour cream and sprinkle with cilantro and jalapeno slices (if desired). Enjoy!

Notes

The cabbage slaw is a mixture of shredded green and red cabbage with some carrot shreds mixed in. I find this premixed in a bag in the vegetable section of Trader Joes. You can make your own slaw mixture with the combination of any of these ingredients. There is no dressing - this is a dry slaw. The juice from the pulled pork adds enough flavor that there is no need for a dressing. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1 tacos

Amount Per Serving Calories 300Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 45mgSodium 315mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 3gSugar 5gProtein 20g

Nutrition information calculated using myfitnesspal is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

39 Comments

  1. Denise Wright May 8, 2016 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Oh this looks so good! I love a good taco but we seem to have the same kind all the time. I love the combo of sweet and heat and meat! Can’t wait to try it.

  2. David @ CookingChat May 8, 2016 at 7:17 am - Reply

    wow, delicious flavor combos here! I’m sure I’d love this one!

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    LOve the flavors in here. Yum!

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    I love pulled pork especially with some spice. Your tacos look amazing!

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  13. Tammi @ Momma's Meals May 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

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    Pulled pork tacos have to be my favourite filling for tacos ever. Delicious!

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    These are so pretty plus the sweet and spicy combination sounds incredible in a taco!

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  20. Monica May 8, 2016 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    I would eat these three days in a row too!. They look amazing. Thanks for the recipe – I must try this!

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    Gorgeous tacos!

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  23. Karly May 9, 2016 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I NEED THESE TACOS. For real, that pulled pork is perfection. My family is going to love these!

  24. Barrie May 10, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

    This is an amazing recipe: pretty, delicious flavors and the process seems easy! Love it~

  25. Renee May 11, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    I love those sweet ‘n hot peppers and I’ve never thought to cook pork with them. Brilliant! I love these tacos!!!

  26. Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) May 14, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    I would have gladly taken Grumpy’s place at the table!

  27. Anne May 15, 2016 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    These are making me hungry!

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    This sure looks yummy. I don’t think I would regret making one of this. Thanks for sharing!

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    thank you Shelby for the excellent SWEET & SPICY PULLED PORK TACOS.

    i love the recipes and all your works.

    Keep up the great work 🙂

    • Shelby May 29, 2017 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Hi Lita! Thank you so much for the comment! 🙂

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