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When you think of pulled pork, it’s hard not to associate it with slow cookers, and hours of waiting for dinner. You don’t hear of many easy Mexican recipes for pork, so I’m here to tell you it is totally possible to get delectable pulled pork with minimal effort that is also fast.
I’ma tell you all about it, I promise. But first, can I gush over this spicy raspberry salsa?
I’m sure by now you’ve tried my famous chile, or my strawberry mango salsa, or maybe even my pineapple salsa, but I think the world has been seriously missing out because raspberry salsa is totally where the party’s at.
Not all berries are created equal, and in all honesty, I am a massive fan of Driscoll’s. They’ve taken the time to research and use natural breeding methods to produce sweet and juicy berries that you can get year round.
As a Minnesotan, you know I appreciate fresh produce in winter. Raise your hand if you agree, amiright?
I mean, of course I’m right, because Driscoll’s named the Twin Cities metro area as the NUMBER ONE consumer of raspberries. We eat 132% more raspberries than the national average.
I love the love.
So, for this recipe, I really wanted to create a dish that would complement the spicy sweetness of my raspberry salsa. Keeping in mind that weeknight-family-friendliness, I decided on creating a carnitas-style pulled pork using pork tenderloin instead of a large pork shoulder.
It saves by time by cooking on the stove in under 30 minutes, and since it’s a much leaner cut, you’re lowering the fat content of the dish as well.
Just a little health benefit there, yeah. Feeling good.
You might be wondering why I call these quesadilla tacos. It’s simple, really: I made quesadillas, and the kids refused to let me cut them, because they liked the taco shape. So, quesadilla tacos. Load a bunch of them on a plate, throw some avocado all up in there and slather with spicy raspberry salsa.
Dig in like a boss. Cause you da boss of these easy Mexican recipes.
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Now, how about we get cooking?
Pulled Pork Quesadilla Tacos with Spicy Raspberry Salsa
for the Quesadilla Tacos
- Rinse and pat dry the pork tenderloin. Combine the salt, pepper, and cumin, then rub over the pork tenderloin. Heat the canola oil in a large, high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork tenderloin and sear each side, around 1-2 minutes per side.
- Reduce heat to medium, then squeeze the orange juice over the pork tenderloin, cover with the chopped onion, serranos, and orange peel, then cover and let cook for 20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest portion reads 145 degrees. Remove from the pan and let sit for five minute, then shred with two forks.
- Heat a comal over medium-high heat. Divide the pulled pork between the 10 tortillas, sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese, fold into a taco shape and cook for around 2 minutes per quesadilla, flipping halfway through, until cheese is bubbly and tortillas are golden brown.
- In a small bowl, combine the chopped raspberries, red onion, cilantro, and serrano pepper. Add the lime juice, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir gently to combine, adjust seasoning if needed, and serve with the hot quesadilla tacos.