Lime-Cilantro Pork Tacos

Recipe makes 4 servings.
Approximate Cook Time: 30 minutes
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2 teaspoon(s) coconut oil
1 pound(s) pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 1/4 - 1/2 inch strips
1/4 teaspoon(s) sea salt
1/8 teaspoon(s) black pepper, freshly ground
1 medium onion(s), red, diced
1 small jalapeno pepper(s), minced
1/2 cup(s) chicken broth
2 medium tomato(es), diced
3 tablespoon(s) lime juice
3 tablespoon(s) cilantro, fresh, chopped
1 head(s) lettuce leave(s), butter, (about 8 leaves)
2 medium avocado(s), sliced


  1. Wash and chop onion, jalapeno, cilantro and tomatoes.
  2. Season both sides of pork with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add coconut oil to pan.
  4. Sauté pork until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Remove pork from pan and place in a bowl.
  5. Add onion and jalapeno to hot pan, and sauté until tender.
  6. Add broth and tomatoes, and reduce heat to low. Simmer two more minutes, scraping pan sides and bottom to loosen any browned bits.
  7. Return pork and juices to pan. Stir in lime juice and simmer until pork is fully cooked.
  8. Top with fresh cilantro and avocado, and wrap with butter lettuce leaves to serve.


  1. quinnpenny

    That’s it? Nothing else for dinner? No veggie or fruit? Doesn’t seem like much food……

    • Neely

      Hi there,

      Can you give us more details on this one, please? We’d love to make this recipe more substantial if it needs to be. Were you trying to feed 2 with leftovers and it wasn’t enough? What did you end up doing?

      Thanks for your help!

  2. Lyndsey

    You can always add a side of greens, or pick up a fruit and eat it……

  3. quinnpenny

    I usually like 2 or 3 different things on my plate for dinner. This seems like the main course, but I also like a side of something. I just added a side a asparagus and some strawberry-banana puree. There was plenty left over that I ate for lunch (served over spring mix). I guess just my preference for a variety at dinner.

  4. delsimp75

    I thought the same thing! When I looked, it is on the meal plan to be served along with salsa salad (which is a separate recipe listed under lunches). That will make it seem more like a full meal.

  5. jschell

    Was this really supposed to be paired with salsa salad? The two recipes have almost the same ingredients (minus the pork), not to mention that is a lot of tomatoes and cilantro for one meal.

    • Neely

      @jschell – We’ll take that into consideration for next time. Thanks for your suggestion!

  6. KAC208

    My husband I are pairing it with beer, chips, and guacamole. Seems like a complete meal to us :)

  7. tdrewholland

    Maybe add some avocado?

  8. tmizell

    Delicious!!! Using the leftovers tomorrow with lettuce for a “taco salad”.

  9. kristybea1

    I’ve been throughly impressed by all the receipes so far… except this one. I thought it was kind of bland. Did I do something wrong? I added the ingredients as specified, and for once, I didnt alter it (usually I change all receipes). It was kind of soupy, and the pork itself didnt have much flavor. My husband wants to try it again with minor changes (you know – never give up on a receipe only after one try)… what else worked for you guys??

  10. sammysam

    I didn’t have tomatoes but used tomato paste ~1 Tbsp mixed into the chicken stock before adding it to the pan. Still tasted great!

  11. phisig3sum

    Can this be made in the slow cooker? Would made for some very tasty meat and all fall off the bone deliciousness

  12. Maria

    This recipe is superb and quite substantial. I made it for two people and had leftovers.

  13. Carol

    I liked the recipe. For those of you that want more flavor, you could always add a little cumin or chili powder. As for not being enough or diverse. I serve this over a salad – it’s neater than trying to eat in lettuce leaves. I also add avocado and mango. Yummo!

  14. karileach4

    This had good flavor, but was hard to eat. I think I will try it salad style next time.

  15. jacques1112

    You can also slice jicama thin and use it as tortillas. If you want a side you can make spanish cauliflower rice

  16. Karen

    I added a side if cauliflower rice and added some tomatoes and green onions to grove it a Mexican flavor.

  17. Brian

    First time trying this recipe. Modified it just a little by putting everything in the crockpot after it was done in the pan. Hopefully this will give it a pork carnitas appeal. Looks awesome.

  18. Karl Habegger

    We tried this last night. It was delicious! The only changes we made were 1. Went ahead and cooked the meat with the fat we trimmed off. We just removed the fat before serving. 2. Dropped the jalapeno to accommodate the kiddos. 3. Used more lime juice. Great flavor combination.

  19. Reverendlrc



    Great with modifications, added 1 tsp cumin and 1 Tbs chile powder plus 1/4 c red pepper paste. Served it on bed of chopped lettuce with dollop of sour cream 1/4 C grated cheddar cheese – I know not quite Paleo but very good results.


    would have been great if I didn’t cook the tomatoes..personal preference I guess.


    I am not a big fan of pork or lamb what other proteins will work with this recipe???

  23. rexcrayola

    I liked it as is. I don’t try to eat it in the lettuce leaves though. I make too much of a mess. I serve it that way and my husband and I just cut it up like a salad. I usually serve it with some sort of “soup” – like a chilled cucumber.

  24. Leann

    I made this in the crockpot and added some cumin and chile powder after I cook the pork with the tomato, 1/2 pepper and the whole onion for about 10 min in a pan. Placed everything in the crock pot on high, added the rest of the needed items, cooked for 3 hours then low for 2 more hours, Man was it YUMMY. I will be making this again soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  25. Lisa I

    This recipe was soooooo good!! I didn’t do the taco thing but just served the saute’d veggies on the side with the avocado. I forgot how much I LOVE cilantro!! THANK YOU!!! Day two under my belt – I know it’s crazy but I feel better already!!! :)

  26. sharmini s

    I’m not a fan of pork, can I substitute this meal with a different type of meat like beef? New to paleo.

    • Neely

      sharmini s – Yes, of course. You can always sub out meat for meat, and for pork I usually suggest doing chicken breasts instead.

  27. Steve

    I made this in the crock pot today and it was delicious. I made some slight changes. I placed a layer of sweet potatoe cubes (about 1″ in size) to the bottom of the pot. Then added red onion quartered, followed by some celery and baby carrots. Minced the jalapeño and put some to the side and added the rest to the pot. I then took two pork tenderloins halved, seasoned with black pepper, cumin, garlic powder and placed in the pot (I didn’t pre brown the meat). I diced the tomatoes and put them on top of the meat along with the jalapeño that was put to the side. I added water and apple cider vinegar and lime juice (though I don’t know the exact amount of each together was about 1.5 cups). I made sure I had enough liquid for the crock pot. I didn’t have paleo chicken broth so just increased the other fluids some. I prepared the pot the night before and put into the fridge. I turned it on low when I went to work and let it cook all day (about 11 hours). Definitely ready when I got home. Garnished with celantro when served. The only downside was that the sweet potatoes got a mushy but added very nice flavor. I wanted more substance (thus the added ingredients) as I was just eating it straight. Plenty of leftovers, and I’ll put it on some spinach leaves tomorrow. Thank you for the recipe.

  28. Crystal

    Our family is new to paleo eating. This was easy to prepare and so delicious. I did add some cumin and chili powder to give more spice. Everyone loved it.

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