Monday, September 1, 2008

What's for dinner?

Lime-Cilantro Pork Tacos


1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into thin strips
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onion
1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped plum tomato
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
8 (6-inch) flour tortillas


Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork with salt and black pepper. Add oil to pan. Add pork, and sauté 4 minutes or until browned. Remove pork from pan; place in a bowl. Add onion and jalapeño to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add broth; reduce heat, and simmer 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in tomato; simmer 2 minutes.

Return pork and accumulated juices to pan. Stir in cilantro and lime juice; cook 1 minute or until pork is done.

Heat tortillas according to package directions. Spoon 1/2 cup pork mixture into each tortilla; roll up.

Use the same pan to brown the pork and make the rave-worthy sauce. Browning the pork improves its color, and the browned bits enrich the sauce's flavor. Add more jalapoño pepper if you enjoy spicy food.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 tacos)

Nutritional Information

CALORIES 416(28% from fat); FAT 13.1g (sat 3.6g,mono 6.8g,poly 1.6g); IRON 3.8mg; CHOLESTEROL 75mg; CALCIUM 101mg; CARBOHYDRATE 43.1g; SODIUM 569mg; PROTEIN 30.2g; FIBER 3.6g

I recently made these delicious tacos for dinner and not only were they super easy but very flavorful. I served sour cream, fresh shredded cheese, and salsa as additional toppers and fat-free refried beans as a side. Black bean salsa/salad would also be great as a side dish. For the tortillas, I use whole wheat flour tortillas that are made in the store (H-E-B). They are fresh, very low on preservatives, and figure friendly as well as tasty! Can be served with corn tortillas as well. Have fun with it and tailor the recipe to you and your families liking. Serve with it whatever suits your fancy! Note to remember: pork cooks very quickly so be sure not to over cook it or else it will become tough and rubbery.

This recipe can easily be made within 30 minutes- great for a fast weeknight dinner! Hope you enjoy this tasty and super easy recipe! This will definitely be a recipe I'll be cooking for many years to come...

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